I’ve been somewhat frustrated with the “hero business.”
My frustration has nothing to do with heroism itself, but rather the “business” part of the “hero business.” Read more
Author’s note: This week is the ninth in a 12-part series on the Hero’s Journey, or the monomyth proposed by Joseph Campbell. The ninth stage is The Reward.
In it to win it. Read more
Author’s note: This week is the eighth in a 12-part series on the Hero’s Journey, or the monomyth proposed by Joseph Campbell. The eighth stage is The Ordeal.
At this time of year, I indulge in a little personal tradition. Each and every year going back to my high school years, I have sat down to watch “Dazed and Confused (1993)” at the end of the school year. (Please feel free to pause your reading as you finish laughing.) As a college student and later as a professional, I have been conflicted about the film’s glorification of hazing, but for me the movie resonates deep inside my soul because of its depiction of the Hero’s Journey in a relatively modern, relatable world. Read more
It’s you against the world.
Yeah, OK, Drama Queen.
But what if the world really is against you? What if there are forces conspiring to keep you complacent, to keep you from being your true self, the very best version of yourself?
It quite simply is the easiest explanation, and the easiest explanation oftentimes is the right one.
Nonetheless, for every force there is an equal and opposite force, one which gives us the power to choose if we will fold to the forces against us, or if we will wield the power to change our communities, our world, and ourselves.
A long time ago, a group of people who were not much different from you had an idea. The idea was different, and dangerous.
Ordinary people looked at the idea with skepticism, at best, and with suspicion and hostility, at worst. Read more