Some stories do not just entertain. They are tales that make us say, “This is how the universe really works,” or “This is who I really am, ideally” — and they become parts of us that will not let us go. These stories are myths, in the highest and best sense of the word. This course will look at myths from around the world, and from ancient Greece and Japan up to modern tales like The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. It will reflect on how vibrant myth can empower one’s life and also examine the dangers of “mythic thinking.” Join us as we explore some of the most engaging and dynamic narratives ever known to humankind.