I was shown this video in a literature class. I was instantly intrigued by what the video was saying. The extensive research that Joseph Campbell had conducted helps us to understand stories and movies and why they are set up the way that they are.
The real hero in all of the stories that we love so much is really our self. Joseph Cambell had an amazing way of thinking which I why I am writing this blog about him.
He truly believed that our earliest moments of life, mainly our childhood, is when we shape how we will view things in the future. He found that even without knowing it, the way we think in our later life is shaped by our experiences in our earlier life.
Mr. Cambell was a writer, a teacher, an editor and so much more. In some of his journal entries that I have read, it is easy to tell he was a very driven man. He wanted to give back to the world which is why he became a teacher; even though it did not gain his highest interest.
After Cambell died in 1987, many more people were introduced to his work. One of his more common books is The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This is the book that the video above discusses. It is all about the hero's journey in books and movies.
At the end of this video, we figure out that we are the hero. We go through all of the motions that the hero goes through in his journey but we do them every day over and over again. Everyone can be their own hero.
There is a Joseph Campbell Foundation. It has a website where you can learn more about Joseph Campbell and the foundation.
He truly was an inspiring man. I am very intrigued by the way he thinks. When I have more time, I would like to read all of his books. I will now leave you with some of his quotes so you too can get lost in his thoughts like I do.
- We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the on that is waiting for us. -Joseph Cambell
- Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. -Joseph Cambell