In today's world of the past-paced now, yesterday is already far away and the deep past often finds itself consigned into irrelevant oblivion.
In some cases, we may still remember the heroes' names: Aeneas, Calf Shirt, Finn MacCool, King Arthur, Gwion Bach, Herakles, Moses, Odysseus, Psyche, Theseus. But if we have forgotten their stories, then we are missing essential guidance for this very moment and all of our tomorrows.
Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation, by Joseph Campbell, published this month by New World Library will help us connect the dots.
One of the basic functions of myth, contends Joseph Campbell, is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a travel guide to reach fulfillment — a map to discover “bliss.” In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell once again draws on his masterly gift of storytelling to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and transformation. Looking at the more personal, psychological side of myth, he begins to dwell on life’s more important questions — those that are often submerged beneath the frantic activity of our daily life. With characteristic wit and insight, he draws connections between ancient symbols and modern art, schizophrenia and the hero’s journey, revealing the way myth helps identify one’s heroic path.