Joseph Campbell – The Hero’s Journey (excerpts)

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

What you have to do, you do with play.

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.

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Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

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.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

– –

Out of perfection nothing can be made.

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Every process involves breaking
something up.

The earth must be broken to bring forth new life.

– –

If the
seed does not die, there is no plant. Bread results from the death of wheat.

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Follow your bliss.

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You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. 
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on
your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to
realize your potential.

– –

As you go the way of life, you will see a chasm.


It is not as wide as you think

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The Hero’s Journey 
(On Living in the World) 
by Joseph Campbell



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