Myth and the 'Now' Part Sixteen: The Heart of Darkness


I have asserted in earlier articles in this series that we are living in an Ironic Age. By that, I mean that there are various indications in the art, literature, film, theatre and other cultural expressions of our time that there has been a shift towards a focus on the ‘darker pole’. Myth tells us that from an initial Void there emerges a set of binary positions, commonly referred to as Light and Dark. What forms between these poles - i.e. everything that we know of as ‘the world’ - then tends to go into orbit around one pole or the other, or to strive to. That motion, that striving, arguably a part of Life itself, certainly forms the basis for the movement in forms of narrative ever since.