Here are some quote cards with very short excerpts from my new novel
Experimental writer who doesn't much like the beginning, middle, end structure of stories as advocated in Aristotle's "Poetics". Published 4 novels and 4 collections of flash fiction with a fifth collection immanent. Interested in typography and digital presentations of literature too.
I agree with you that old mythologies should pass away as time progresses, dying as their human creators die. However, myth making is an ongoing, living process. Every society creates them by virtue of the simple process of living. Human beings are communal storytellers. When we create stories, we create myth. Perhaps we no longer create gods like Osiris, Zeus, and the like, but we do have a tendency to immortalize and revere heroes that fit the age in which we live.
There's a fallacy at work here, I think: the fallacy that myth is something ancient and "past." We continually create myth, and have our own modern mythologies at work today. For example, look at the mythology of Silicon Valley, with its pantheon of heroes like Jobs, Wozniak, and Gates. These figures, for better or worse, are venerated and act as paragons which younger generations aspire to emulate.
Can myth become antiquated and therefore no longer serve the common good? Yes indeed. But to dismiss the human instinct for myth-making is, to me, a dangerous prospect.
I also think your definition of myth in this piece is very narrow, as you confine it to simply a force that reinforces collectivism and the "hive mind" or (as you put it) "singularity" of the tribe. However, as pointed out by Joseph Campbell, myth has always served to help us to both become our own individuals while also strengthening the bonds of community. A shared story brings together a society while also celebrating the individual.
That is, of course, when myths are respected and used responsibly.
Dogma is a form of mythology. Look at the various political groups in the US, for instance, and their rhetoric, their divisiveness, their urge to scapegoat those who are not a part of the “tribe.” Dogma is mythology that has become, as you put it, "monolithic."
The modern world, in the face of the growing tide of rabid individualism and mistrust of "the other" sown by our constant negative news cycle, could actually benefit from more attention to the mythologies we continue to create unconsciously. When we make ourselves unaware of the narratives we create, we put ourselves in the path of danger.
I think I see what you're trying to say, though: you seek a future where both your vision of "antiquated myth" as well as unchecked individualism are replaced by...something else? Am I on the right track in that assumption? I think you have the right idea, and have an interesting viewpoint that I would love to watch and read as it develops. Best of luck in your efforts!