Inspirations- Joseph Campbell

joecampbellThough he’s been gone from this Earth for over twenty years, Joseph Campbell still has the power to teach and inspire. George Lucas’ Star Wars series was heavily influeneced by Mr. Campbell’s observations on hero figures. Described by Bill Moyers as a very spiritual man yet not limited by a single theology or ideology, he was an expert on mythologies from all over the world.  He draws parallels in basic stories from all cultures.  As a child he said he wanted to ‘be a synthesis of Douglas Fairbanks and Leonardo Da Vinci’. A worthy goal indeed.

Get Netflix, or go to Amazon, get The Hero’s Adventure, the first in a series of interviews of Joseph Cambell by Bill Moyers. Watch and listen; you won’t be bored, I promise.

Get his books, most noteably The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Inspiration will follow.

Aren’t our own characters all heroes in a sense? They have a task to do, some goal or obstacle to overcome. Otherwise, nobody wants to read 200 pages of what our ordinary life is like day to day. Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed. Booorrriiinnngg. Instead, our imagination goads us into throwing adventures at our characters. It becomes then; get up, go to work, save the universe, go home (if it’s still standing), then go to bed. THAT’S what readers want.

Everything we write about is an archetype, everything in our life is a journey and he explains it so well, that it makes total sense in relation to writing and life in general. He encourages you to ‘follow your bliss’, to live a life pursuing that which makes you happy, makes you complete. To demur, to say, “I can’t do that” is the dragon within you, hoarding the treasure to himself, not letting you near it.

Slay the dragon, follow your bliss.

Good advice, that.


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