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Reply To: THERE and BACK AGAIN,” with MythBlast author Stephen Gerringer”



On a different note what about the journeyer who “freezes” “chokes?” The one who at the most critical time “fails?” Or stands-by…then later cannot forgive themselves for “standing-by?”
Instead of facing fear…the fear consumes them…they cannot move.
And if bad things happen in the aftermath of a Freeze? Then THAT would definitely change a journey arc.

Joe speaks to this in Pathways to Bliss:

Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There’s always the possibility of a fiasco.”

We only hear about the quests that succeed – there’s nothing satisfying, for storyteller or listeners, to tales that fail (” . . . and then, as Hypothalamus confronted the beast on his quest to rescue the damsel-in-distress, the dragon burnt our hero to a crisp with a blast from his nostrils, then consumed the fair maiden. The End.”)

But many hero journeys do end in failure – they just don’t write myths, or blockbuster movies, about that. There has to be that element of risk – the difference between a true adventure and a theme park ride . . .