Joseph Campbell – The Hero with a Thousand Faces

“Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered, for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests. Refusal of the summons converts the adventure to negative.

Walled in boredom, hard work, or culture, the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved.

His flowering world becomes a wasteland and his life meaningless…” – J.C.

…but we can save ourselves.

Rowynn Dumont, New Orleans, 2001

Joseph Campbell – The Hero with a Thousand Faces, continued…

Crossing of the Threshold

“…beyond is the darkness, the unknown, and danger; just as beyond the parental watch is danger to the infant and beyond the protection of his society danger to the member of the tribe. The usual person is more than content, he is even proud, to remain within the indicated bounds, and popular belief gives him every reason to fear so much as the first step into the unexplored.” – J.C.

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