9 Vico, in presenting his doctrine of poetic wisdom (sapienza poetica) in the New Science, gives an account of the appearance of the supersensible as the origin of culture.10 Following the universal flood, the sons of Noah become sons of the earth through generations of their offspring over two centuries, while the world dries out. The three principles that distinguish humanity - religion, marriage, and burial - disappear.\n Not taking oneself seriously is the key to approaching metaphysics with a sense of humor, to accepting a level of incongruity, incoherence, and paradox in the human condition and within human experience taken as a whole. The metaphysical narration is one of thoughts whereas the mythical narration is one of images.55 What Cassirer claims of language and art may also be claimed of metaphysics, that "although language and art both become emancipated . . . from their native soil of mythical thinking, the ideal, spiritual unity of the two is reasserted upon a higher level."