Saying Yes to the Adventure

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell The problem with the word “adventure” is definition.  No one can be certain of the exact description because it depends on the unique characteristics of an individual.  Most like the idea of an adventure,…

The Hero Journey

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully 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…

Defining The Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Hercules, Perseus, Theseus – these were the myths for which I searched the libraries as a 10-year-old.  Magnificent heroes, blessed with superhuman strength and unfaltering courage, forged their destinies through journeys fraught with danger and treachery.  As…

Worth the Effort

Equality is a principle that we all embrace with great enthusiasm.  It is an ideal that honours the spirit of community and fair-mindedness.  Acting on this high standard is where we encounter challenges to our value and belief systems.  “Walking the talk”, is very different from engaging in a theoretically discussion. Mary Douglas (1921-2007), a British…

A Scholar On Joy

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Joseph Campbell I always wondered who coined the catchy phrase, “follow your bliss.”  The complexity of thought in these three simple words strikes to the core of our being.  Most of us have…