The forest -- the larger world the trees inhabit -- is important, though, because that's where we live. We need to judge mythologies based on what they say about the world, on their metaphors and lessons, not just on what they say about themselves. Relating them to our lives draws us outward and helps us engage with the world. If we go down the rabbit hole of their invented histories exclusively, then the stories draw us ever inward, away from the world. The best mythologies have always been about something bigger than themselves.