The virtue of heroism must lie, therefore . . . not in the will to reform, but in the courage to affirm, the nature of the universe.
-- Joseph Campbell
The Masks of God 3: Occidental Mythology (p. 319)
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The Masks of God, Volume 3: Occidental Mythology
Volume 3 of The Masks of God "The high function of Occidental myth and ritual . . . is to establish a means of relationship—of God to Man and Man to God". — Joseph Campbell. Occidental Mythology is a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the western world. 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."