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From Joseph Campbell’s interview with Bill Moyers:
Myth is a manifestation in symbolic images, metaphorical images, of the energies within us, moved by the organs of the body, in conflict with each other. This organ wants this, this organ wants this: the brain is one of the organs.
Is anyone else a little taken aback by Joe having presented his simplistic, objective vision of ‘how myths are made’ as an absolute truth?
My intent for bringing this quote forward is not to denigrate Campbell, I have great respect for his work, rather, my intention is to shine a light on the limitations he (unconsciously) placed on awareness, limitations that prevent awareness from realizing its omnipresent casual nature. There are many quotes in the interview with Bill Moyers that reveal Joe’s unconscious insertions of dualisms, two of which are:
That which is beyond even the concept of reality. It’s that which transcends all thought. It’s putting you there all the time, and in some way giving you a line to connect with that mystery which you are, and the myths do it, by gosh, they do it.
That goes down and down and down. And you can get all mixed up with complexes, you know, things like that, but you’re standing on the lord of the abyss, really. There’s a Polynesian saying that frequently comes to my mind: “Standing on a whale, fishing for minnows.” We are standing on a whale. The ground of being is the ground of our being, and the outward turned, we see all these little problems here, but inward, we are the source of them all. That’s the big mystical teaching.
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