Joseph Campbell, 1904 – 1987

It’s a wonderful, wonderful opera, except that it hurts.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us – the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

The warrior’s approach to life is to say “yes” to it, “yea” to it all.

However the mystic traditions differ, they are in accord in this respect. They call men and women into a deeper awareness of the very act of living itself, and they guide us through trials and traumas from birth to death.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

One Response to Joseph Campbell, 1904 – 1987

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Yes! I always admired Joseph Campbell. I really enjoyed “The Power of Myth” that was a series on PBS with Bill Moyers.

    Joseph Campbell was an excellent, or superior, human being who shared his insight into the joy and pain of living and the “agony of defeat” and “the thrill of victory” and what is to be learned from both.

    I’m sure if Joseph Campbell were still with us, he would explain how history repeats itself and that the model of “franchising” is just another invention of power to exploit the weak and to justify the exploitation as serving the “public good.”

    He would help us to understand that “the rule of law” is promulgated by the power structure, and would help us to understand that it couldn’t really be otherwise because of the nature of mankind — to always want MORE and to never have ENOUGH, and that the poor are never “free to choose.”


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