The Myths in History

By Gerry Fischer

 he cultural heroes we are taught to honor, have been embellished over time and turned into God like images and examples to strive to be, but because the myth is impossible to live up to, no one can be as honest as Old Abe Lincoln, or General George Washington. “I cannot tell a lie, father. I cut down the cherry tree with my little hatchet.” Or how about Abe walking miles in one direction to return a few pennies to a customer. Are they true, who knows? They have become the myth. The myth when repeated long enough becomes truth.

 ears ago, I was defending my Master’s Thesis at Spalding University