Seeking affirmation for my thoughts I found and watched a recording made in 1997 from a leading scholar who was a founding director of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts . What she said resonated strongly with me.
'We have lost the connection with the mythical world and no reality is worth living as far as I am concerned, unless it is a myth which gives it the meaning.
Cultures lived by their myths and they made life both plausible and beautiful to live because the mythical world was alive. The modern world has killed myth and in killing myth it has dehydrated one part of itself.'
The words were that of Kapila Vatsyayan (25 December 1928 - 16 September 2020). She had such wise countenance. I am sorry that I only just discovered her.