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Reply To: Themes in Joseph Campbell’s Thought


In our current time myths, metaphores and imagination are considered outdated, non-scientific or not related to the current polarised personal views for most, save what now is called or pointed at as the more intelectual elite. General themes fitting in the past are hard to translate for many, but still attracts in commercial or consuming settings. As if a blanket of individual hedonism has covered, to difficult or confronting to realise, a insight in the message of these common themes like who one is, one’s place among others and the dynamics with all around us. Horizons have closed in only one step from the doorposts of common people. Gaia is a horizon for those who want to stay involved, but it is geocentric, heliocentric at best, but ignores the vastness of the universe. If that should be incorporated too, for many utterly incomprehencable given mindboggling conceptions like relativity (the mass, space and time triplet) and quantum mechanics (unrelated cause and consequence), it is understandable, even acceptable with our extremely rapid development from a rural-based worldview to a universal view, that common themes based from an intuitive and emotional (historic) settings have to be re-interpreted and retold in modern what we consider rational language. In itself, this is one of the basic common themes of mankind, to imagine, express and act according to present challanges and understanding. One might notice a slow but steady retreat from the scientific approach of the last few centuries which raised human kind from these known rural grounds back to the tidy, cheerfull and simple realities promised by contemporain prophets, political and religious alike, giving back the polarisation of opinions, taste and personal salvation so much needed by us humans.

Our common themes are so basic. Both insight and destruction come forth from them, as a representation of ourselfs, creators of creating gods and thrusting forward heroes.