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Doc À The Power of Myth 320 pages Download ↠ Joseph campbell ✓ The Power Of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work A preeminent scholar writer and teacher he has had a profound influence on millions of people To him mythology was the song of the universe thIllions of people To him mythology was the song of the universe the music of the spheres With Bill Moyers one of America's most prominent journalists as his thoughtful and eng If you were to read only one book in your lifetime what book would you want that to be? Well that is certainly an unfair uestion since it is difficult to make that choice However if I was given the option of choosing only 20 books to read in my lifetime “The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell would certainly be on that listThis book is about popular myths from different cultures leading up to present day beliefs and practices It is much than that as well – it is about life purpose and what we can be if we can learn lessons from myths and the universe The book is in a A format based on interviews of Bill Moyers with Joseph CampbellI read Joseph Campbell’s “A hero with a thousand faces” a few years back I found it a difficult and hence a slow read with its references to various cultures and legends The scholarly nature and importance of the work was evident though and since then I have read several passages of his work which have always been insightful and inspiringJoseph Campbell very easily picks stories from several cultures of the world and how they share common patterns He is respectful at the same time gently advising on the kind of lessons one must draw Rather than being literal with myths – we need to understand them as metaphors to deeper truth and lessons He describes how many rituals evolved as a way to reinforce outlook to life A large part of that is now lost and people tend to live at the surface missing the depth of the metaphors The examples are all excellent For instance viewing marriage from the perspective of myth makes you view it in a healthy longer term perspective rather than as a love affair which is always temporary and will end There are interesting discussions on divinity femininity rituals practices non duality There are insightful passages on how many of the myths encourage you to look inward to find yourself and follow your blissA book which is expansive profound and inspiring at the same time engrossing – strongly recommended as a must read

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Aging interviewer The Power Of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births from Jesus to John Lennon offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wi This is my first first person experience with Campbell And I find it an incredibly frustrating book There are parts that are wonderful when Campbell takes a few moments to tell some of the myths that have been floating around for years Or when he compares the motifs in multiple myths from different cultures in different parts of the world Campbell was clearly a master story teller and even in just a couple of sentences he really makes these ancient stories come alive Similarly the comparisons really help draw me in to the idea of a single world wide culture of humanity As a sci fi fan this is hardly a foreign idea; but a shared mythology really drives home the point that all human beings share some really fundamental experiences Where Campbell starts to lose me is when he insists that these shared experiences birth adolescence death the physical act of eating something that used to be alive etc are indicative of some Mystery that underwrites the universe Here he becomes less historian or anthropologist and of a mystic By using the word transcendence a lot he seems to think that it doesn't matter that there's no evidence or reason to think that this Mystery is real and not merely a by product of our own brains firing in a pattern fixed by millions of years of evolution As a rationalist or realist or materialist or skeptic or whatever label you find on me I find this sort of spiritualism pointless and silly Beyond that I think that focusing on this fanciful mystery so heavily can really lead to serious problems with living At one point Campbell says something to the effect of But you can't try to make life better This is all there is You have to learn to accept it But that's absurdly untrue Thanks to people who refused to learn to accept it we've built democracies that are or less egalitarian and thousands of times better for the average citizen than the brutal civilizations that gave us some of these myths Thanks to people who refused to learn to accept life we've developed communications technologies that allow mothers to not have to give up their children to distance in uite the same way that they had to before We've developed medicine that give people time than ever with their loved ones including Campbell himself who was in his eighties when this conversation took place And it's entirely possible that we'll defeat death one day Not in the mythical way that Campbell celebrates death leading to rebirth of a new generation But actually making it so that death just doesn't happen any at least not death of old age that's the first goal and it seems perfectly attainable in the next couple of centuries Think of that And none of this could ever happen if people took Campbell's advice of taking nature as it is as the the only good way of the world This approach made perfect sense to tribal hunter gathers a thousand year's ago I think it's possible that as a species we've moved past that just a little While nature is red in tooth and claw maybe we can do a little better than that Campbell also commits one of my major pet peeves At one point he says something to the effect of scientists don't know what a particle is Is it a wave? Is it a thing? They don't know From this he concludes that there must be a magic energy field in the universe which gives everything life Or something It's transcendent so he doesn't feel that he has to be specific This perversion of science really annoys me Aside from getting the particle physics wrong it's not that we don't know It's that the duality is actually what's going on Or something I'm also not a physicist so I won't pretend to have a real understanding of any of this he also really fails to understand the point of science Scientists and through them our entire civilization are trying to understand the innermost workings of the universe You can never do that if when you find a uestion you don't know the answer to you give up and say Magic The saddest thing is that this book has far bad spiritualism than it does good history Hence my low rating Ultimately I think the myths of our past have to teach us about who we were and we are Campbell thinks they also teach us what we should be I find that notion to be abhorrent we can be so much better than we are or were; and if we're going to settle for that then we may as well give up There's no point to us Since the book is so much of this I can't love it or even like it Fortunately there's enough in here that I do like in bits and pieces that I'm still looking forward to reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces I understand that this is historical and factual Also Campbell wrote it when he was much younger So I'm hoping that the religious and spiritual life he made developed later in life won't pervade it so much I suppose I'll just have to find out

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The Power of MythThe Power Of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work A preeminent scholar writer and teacher he has had a profound influence on m The Power of Myth explores so much than myth It delves into the essence of life itselfJoseph Campbell was mythologist professor writer lecturer historianhe was so much His wealth of knowledge on faith philosophy and humanity was astounding He has left us but he has left behind a body of work a legacy of compassion and understanding for us and future generations Thanks to this interview conducted by journalist Bill Moyers we have an encapsulated version of his teachings from Campbell's own mouth The interview was and has been broadcast on PBS stations since the late '80s and includes some nice visuals however it's not necessary to view This audiobook sufficesYou get some of what you'd expect from a title such as The Power of Myth Heroes and legends from traditional sources such as the epic Greek poems and Norse gods; origin stories from Native America and Africa But you also get Star Wars The interview having been conducted at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch some of the discussion spoke on the use of mythical archetypes which became intrinsic to the success of the movie's popularity After all where would Luke be without the Force and what is the Force but faith? Yes religion goes hand in hand with mythology In many or most cases it is one and the same Campbell's take on religion is refreshing Hearing him speak on the various kinds of world religions their differences and even so their similarities is enlightening When I first saw The Power of Myth on tv I was only interested in the Star Wars material and the fantastical elements of mythology the bits about the gods and monsters Today while listening to the discussion I'm most interested in the aspects of the birth life and death cycle and of faith Not that I'm any religious than the atheist teen I once was but these are the everyman topics It is the human experience that most enthralls me now Luckily for young me and middle aged me and probably old me there's a little something in The Power of Myth for all