It once was possible for the ancients to say, ‘We are the chosen of God!’ and to save all love and respect for themselves, projecting their malice ‘out there.’ We have now to learn somehow to quench our hate and disdain through the operation of an actual love . . . and with that fructify, simultaneously, both our neighbor’s life and our own.
It once was possible for the ancients to say
-- Joseph Campbell
Thou Art That (pg. 30)
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"Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology. According to Campbell, society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretations of religious stories and symbols. In this collection, he eloquently reestablishes these metaphors as a means to enhance spiritual understanding and mystical revelation. With characteristic verve, he ranges from rich storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship. Included is editor Eugene Kennedy's classic interview with Campbell in The New York Times Magazine, which brought the scholar to the public's attention for the first time.