The Truth Lies Underneath

“I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg.  There is seven-eighths of it under water for every part that shows.  Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg.  It is the part that doesn’t show.”  –  Ernest Hemingway 1958

A few weeks ago, I met with a group of fathers, one of who pointed out that we seem to learn more from our children than what we think they learn from us.  This weekend was a prime example.  I was helping my daughter with her Honor’s English essay on Ernest Hemingway’s “Iceberg” writing style.

I have been wrestling with the true purpose and definition of “myths”.  Of course, there is that common definition that a “myth” is a story that is not true.  I have always intuited that this is an incorrect shallow definition.  Joseph Campbell is famous for his works on myths.  While his work has been insightful, it has not provided me with any clarity.  Since I was first conscious enough to understand what I was reading, my intuition has told me that underneath myths and fairly tales lies the truth.  Hemingway, known for his simplicity and minimalism, has given me the simple explanation for questions I have asked my entire life.

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