Reply To: Seeking Answers
I am so grateful to you for taking the time to answer my silly question. Your answer, as usual, is generous, packed with references and crystal clear.
You mention that “Joseph Campbell’s reference to this guidance from Heinrich Zimmer is repeated in work after work after work, almost as often as he mentions the four functions of mythology, and phrased slightly differently each time, sometimes with more precision, sometimes less. ” Yes, I have come across this particular reference in all the places you mention, but remained unsure, and mostly took it to mean a difference in perception between two individuals or two different groups, thinking and talking of the third best things in life. There was a lingering doubt and hence the question.
Stephen, the misunderstanding was most unfortunate – yes the Trickster is in play here.
Thank you again for the gentle reminder, “Campbell’s advice? To say “yea” to it all: “If you say no to any detail of your life, you’ve said no to the whole web because everything is so interlocked.”
My reaction reaction was deep sorrow and intense regret.
Addendum: Stephen, I have n0 more regrets, no more sorrow, no more blame. I needed to hear that podcast at this particular time in life (that is when living my full moon) to make sense of why it is my own self I should be blaming.
Joe’s Quote (jcf. org) “Freud tells us to blame our parents for all the shortcomings of our life, Marx tells us to blame the upper class of our society. But the only one to blame is oneself.”
— Joseph Campbell
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Personal Mythology – Podcast: segment 42:00 >> Marx tells us to blame the society for our frailty, Freud tells us to blame the parents for our frailty. The only place to look for blame is when you didn’t have the guts to bring up your full moon – and live the life that was your ( true) potential.
Shaahayda (in gratitude)