I want to add a (3rd) clip as a summation to this idea of how one’s personal myth or story if found and followed as Joseph Campbell points toward in his themes can become a vehicle of change; and that the ideas he left behind; (at least for me); have become a footpath towards discovering the deeper meanings of my life. The metaphors and the stories of others are roadmaps and symbols that can point the way just as Erin Gruwell did in the discovery of her life’s purpose; (what some of us might call: “Following Your Bliss”); but the point remains that it is your journey and your definition of what it is to be that counts and what happens along the way.
The world is experiencing great hardship right now with this Covid virus pandemic along with global warming and climate change looming on the horizon. There are wars and conflicts and all manner of human suffering going on all over the planet; but within each of us is a seed; and if that seed is allowed to grow; no matter at what age or station in life as Joseph points out; there is a track for each of us waiting to be discovered and if followed can bring meaning and purpose to any life no matter who or where they are. That does not mean there is no suffering; but only a part of the larger canvas upon which our lives are expressed and our story that is left behind. Our story is what it’s all about; (at least this is what Joseph’s message says to me); and like Jung’s symbol of the “Telesphorus” leaves a lantern to show the way!