Apparently in every sphere of human search and experience the mystery of the ultimate nature of being breaks into oxymoronic paradox, and the best that can be said of it has to be taken simply as metaphor– whether particles and waves or as Apollo and Dionysus, pleasure and pain. Both in science and in poetry, the principal of the anagogical metaphor is thus recognized today: it is only from the pulpit and the press that one hears of truths and virtues definable in fixed terms. In Gottfried’s (Gottfried von Strassburg, author of Tristan and Iseult) world there was no tolerance of “the Ass Festival” (as Nietzsche named it) of those who would make thinkable the unthinkableness of being.
Apparently in every sphere of human search
-- Joseph Campbell
The Masks of God 4: Creative Mythology (pg. 252)
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Volume 4: Explore the power of myth as it exploded from twelfth century Europe into the modern world In this fourth volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell's major work of comparative mythology — the pre-emimenent mythologist looks at the European mythology of individualism as it took flower in medieval Europe and spread, through the Renaissance, to influence modernist thought, art, and literature. The Masks of God is a four-volume study of world religion and myth that stands as one of Joseph Campbell's masterworks. On completing it, he wrote: Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irrestibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge. This new digital edition, part of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series, includes over forty new illustrations.