mythical thinking even when it raises the question of origins as such, has a free selection of causes at its disposal.

For the mythical imagination there is no separation of a total complex into its elements, but… only a single undivided totality is represented— a totality in which there has been no “dissociation” of separate factors…. Whereas empirical thinking is essentially directed toward establishing an unequivocal relation between specific “causes” and specific “effects,” mythical thinking even when it raises the question of origins as such, has a free selection of causes at its disposal. Anything can come from anything, because anything can stand in temporal or spatial contact with anything.

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