I love Joseph Campbell! He brought mythology to people's understanding, and gave the generations after him a widespread appreciation for his beloved inner spaces of myth. It is kind of...ironic...because he used to say that as soon as you start to analyze mythology, you've lost the meaning of it. The elements in myth are something our souls feel and understand just by knowing, wherever they appear in various stories. Look at some of the most well-known science fiction and fantasy: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings. They appeal to so many people probably because our brains respond to mythic archetypes. It's a way we can explore the unseen.
He said the same thing about people who take myths literally. Taking the happenings in myth and turning them into literal actions drains the deeper meaning right out of them. Religious and legend fundamentalism may simply be about attempting to understand the world in an effort to feel safe, not as a way to explore.
I'm very inspired by this quote of his!
"Writer's block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows"
*Taken from the Facebook page of Joseph Campbell, quoting A Joseph Campbell Companion: Relections on the Art of Living.
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