Joseph Campbell 2. Talene Bower of Mytl mini minimum. MYTH AND. THE MODERN WORLD. ARGA. WORKERS. People say that what we're all. The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence. THE POWER OF MYTH with Bill Moyers by Joseph Campbell. INTRODUCTION. Once, as we were discussing the subject of suffering, he mentioned in tandem.
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The Power of Myth. Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers. Editor's Note. Introduction. I. MYTH AND THE MODERN WORLD. II. THE JOURNEY INWARD. III. Editorial Reviews. musicmarkup.info Review. Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's most The Power of Myth by [Campbell, Joseph, Bill Moyers]. This paper provides a critical analysis of Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, the companion book for the hit PBS series produced by Campbell and Bill Moyers. Written to coincide with The Power of Myth’s twenty-fifth anniversary, this paper considers the relevance of.
The fully illustrated edition of The Power of Myth was originally published in both hardcover and paperback by Doubleday in The Anchor Books edition is published by arrangement with Doubleday. Campbell, Joseph, -- Interviews. Religion historians -- United States -- Interviews. Moyers, Bill D. Flowers, Betty S. C36 ]
Yet his general message—that myths and religions can be made valuable even for contemporary nonbelievers—has a special relevance for me.
Nevertheless, I sometimes wonder whether I have missed out on something precious. Religious is as near to a human universal as you are likely to find, and I have no experience with it. Often I find myself reading religious books, exploring spiritual practices, and hanging around cathedrals. Although many beliefs and practices repel me, some I find beautiful, and I am fitfully filled with envy at the tranquility and fortitude that some practitioners seem to derive from their faith.
Campbell has been most valuable to me in his ability interpret religions metaphorically, and his insistence that they still have value. Indeed, there might be more of my opinions in this review than Campbell, but here it goes. One of the main lessons that art, philosophy, and religion teach us is that society imposes upon us superficial values.
Wealth, attractiveness, sex, coolness, success, respectability—these are the values of society.
In short, in a complex society these values are necessary—or at any rate inevitable. But of course, these are the values of the game: the competition for mates, success, power, and wealth. In this way they are superficial—measuring you extrinsically rather than intrinsically. One of the functions of art, philosophy, and religion, as I see it, is to remind us of this, and to direct our attention to intrinsic values. Love, friendship, compassion, beauty, goodness, wisdom—these are valuable in themselves, and give meaning and happiness to an individual life.
How many great stories pit one of these personal values against one of the social values? Love against respectability, friendship against coolness, wisdom against wealth, compassion against success.
In comedy—stories with happy endings—the intrinsic value is harmonized with the social value. In the end, genuine love is shown to be compatible with social respectability.
But this is often not true, as tragedy points out. In tragedy, the social value wins against the personal value.
The petty feud between the Capulets and the Montagues prevents Romeo and Juliet from being together. Respectability wins over love. But the victory is hollow, since this respectability brings its adherents nothing but pain and conflict. Art thus dramatizes this conflict to show us what is really valuable from what is only apparently so. Philosophy does this not through drama, but reason.
I'm not claiming this is all either art or philosophy does. Religion does it through ritual. This, I think, is the advantage of religion: it is periodical, it is tied to your routine, and it involves the body and not just the mind.
Every week and every day you go through a procedure to remind yourself of what is really worthwhile. But these things can fail, and often do. Art and philosophy can become academic, stereotyped, or commercial. And religion can become just another social value, used to cloak earthly power in superficial sanctity. As Campbell points out during these interviews, religion must change as society changes, or it will lose its efficacy.
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