Knowledge Artifact

So, on this post we’ve been assigned, I’m supposed to teach you all about something I’m interested. At first I had trouble thinking of something to do, but I finally decided to fall back on something very close and very familiar to  me: Dragons!

For almost as long as I can remember, I have loved dragons. Something about these fantastic and varied beasts has always fascinated me. And I’m not alone in this, dragons can be found across the globe and in thousands of cultures who had little to no contact with each other. In fact, people love dragons so much that this was made:

That’s right, an entire documentary on how dragons could have evolved.

What is it about dragons that makes them resonate so deeply with just about every human on planet Earth? What is it that compels us to create entire…

Book series

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Movie franchises

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And games

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all focused in one way or another around these animals?

Some may say it spawns from the countless ancient myths of heroes fighting dragons. But why do so many cultures have such similar myths with such similar creatures? And now, why do we all want to befriend or become these supposed “monsters” that our ancient heroes fought? Where did the dragon start and will it ever end? I certainly hope that dragons never leave.

Personally, if dragons never actually existed, I believe they were created as a physical mirror of both everything we fear and want to be. Consider what dragons can be: wise, powerful, intimidating, nearly unkillable, possessing breath weapons, and can fly. Every man, woman, and child has dreamed of flying. And who hasn’t wanted to roar and suddenly have flames or ice blast out of your lungs? Yet at the same time, the sky is a vast and scary place, and while fire is useful it is also very dangerous.

We send some heroes to conquer these mighty beasts because we too wish to conquer our greatest fears. Other heroes become or befriend dragons because we too wish to become powerful and feared.

Dragons have been with us since the dawn of civilization and will likely be there till our end because they are everything we fear and wish to be given physical form. This is my theory at least. Though I still hope that, somewhere in this vast universe, they truly do exist.

Thanks for reading! Keep it Reel!

P.S. FUS RO DAH!!!

One thought on “Knowledge Artifact”

  1. Haven’t thought about dragons much, but this makes me want to learn more. Wasn’t aware that they continue to be as prominent in contemporary culture.

    Also you want to fix that link to the YouTube video, in two ways…first, the URL itself won’t work, because the protocol part of the address (http://) is repeated…second, rather than a “raw” URL, use the title of the item (in this case, a video) as you anchor text…looks more elegant.

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