Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's magnum opus is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).
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A one sentence definition of mythology? "Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is Whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
Words are always qualifications and limitations. That's why it is a peak experience to break past all that every now and then and to realize "Oh...... ah.....
When you see the Earth from space you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come, this is the country we will celebrate and these are the people we are one with.
The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life: "yea" to it all.
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
The secret cause of all suffering is mortality itself which is the prime condition of life. It cannot be denied if life is to be affirmed.
You don't have to believe that there was a King Arthur to get the significance of those stories but Christians say we have to believe there was a Christ or the miracles don't make sense.
Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life
When we talk about settling the world's problems we're barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.