Richard Rohr, a fabulous Franciscan who constantly illuminates in his writings, wrote recently that we are, in many ways, defined by the prevailing myths of our culture. Our defining myths, whether based in fact or not, are the background against which we measure ourselves and our society.
For instance, one might say the people to the south of us once believed every man started from common ground and that any man could aspire to greatness. Canadians once believed we were strong, kind, firm, caring, polite, respectful, respected and egalitarian in nature.
Mr. Rohr noted that the current mythic statement about North Americans seems to be that we are either producers or consumers, or perhaps, both. He went on to draw a parallel from that mythic statement to current rates of depression among North Americans.