This is a wonderful blog post by Andre Solo that articulates some reasons why I am not a huge fan of Joseph Campbell. In particular, I like his words about what Campbell did:
“In the 1940s a white American man wrote about the sacred myths of other cultures. He decided he knew what they meant better than those cultures themselves did.”
I believe in heroism. I try to live by a heroic philosophy.
Often, that means people want to talk to me about Joseph Campbell. And every time, I cringe.
Who is Joseph Campbell
Some of you might not know this name (I won’t judge), so I’ll do my best to fill you in. Joseph Campbell was an author who wrote about world myth. He was an avid reader, traveled quite a bit, and knew his topic well. There’s no denying that Campbell digested a lot of myth in his day. Oh yeah, and Hollywood likes him.
Campbell’s writing focuses on finding universal patterns in myths from around the world. If you know much about the study of myth, this should already be setting off alarms for you. He was heavily influenced by Carl Jung, and decided that myths reflect universal archetypes in the human mind. He believed that all…
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