The opening paragraphs sound a lot like going back to medieval settings. Myths have had their functions in tales and religious beliefs in former societies. But now we are living towards a post industrial age. Immanuel Kant was already there to tell people to use their own brains to the fullest.When it comes to pipe myths, pick your own poison. Much of what people believe about pipes are most likely myth.
Regardless, myth shouldn't be written off so quickly. It serves a valuable purpose; mainly to provide a basis for maintaining and perpetuating the traditions of associated with any custom or endeavor.
When we break everything down into a simple algorithm or theorem, all that is left is a recipe.
That's fine for replicating a cooked meal, but a meal is much more than that. It is the people gathered around the table, the linens, the plates, and the customs and traditions that occur before, during, and after.
Myths are NOT falsehoods. Rather, they contain elements of a larger truth; truths that help aid in continuity, tradition, and assist in creating the future.
Tobacco burns hot, briar is a wood that can for the most part contain that heat, and sometimes a Grabow smokes as well as any other name brand pipe that was ever made.
Beating up on the mysteries associated with pipe smoking doesn't make one smarter. It just makes them no fun to party with.
That doesn’t mean we’re reducing things to simple theorems, they might be more complex as any ancient myth in any times before. Defiances are at the door already.
The constituent role of music, art and writing even electronic and digital media in our western society is still there. Fortunately we are not living in Iran.
But know different stories have to be told, ancient (pipe)-myths don’t serve my needs no more.
Maybe we’re not going to party.