“Heresy is the life of a mythology and orthodoxy is the death.” First I want to apologize for not posting for the last few days. I had the flu and I haven’t been able to put two cogent thoughts together For a few days
When I was watching the James Hillman video the other day, Hillman talked about the attempt to wipe out any theology except for the dominant one in our culture. I think this is what Campbell is talking about here when he talks about taking away all of the Mythology of anything that isn’t in line with the theology of the dominant culture
Campbell talks about the same thing that historians talk about when they say to the victors goes history. One of the things I learned in college from one of my professors was that virtually all history is subjective. When I was a kid and I was reading those history books I believed that everything they told me was empirically correct. What I’ve learned throughout the years is that history is nothing more than journalism chronicled into a book and then taken to be believed as truth. Much like much of the iconic mythology the dominates the western culture.
“The aim of individuation requires that one should find and then learn to live out of one’s own center, in control of one’s for and against. And this cannot be achieved by enacting and responding to any general masquerade of fixed roles.”
How many of us can really say that we have lived our lives outside of the rules and norms created by “society. Or put under the pressures Of either those around us or of the unconscious expectations of society.
I can tell you that I lived under a masquerade of who I was and what I was supposed to do for the first 50+ years of my life.
It is still difficult at times to continue to follow through with the effort it takes to live a life of my own choice rather than a choice of my culture, my family, my peers.
As to being sick, I couldn’t believe how much I was in my depression when I was stuck in bed with the flu like I was. I tried almost every one of my estate mechanisms to get out of my feelings. I was talking at the depression insobriety meeting tonight, And I realized that whenever I am sick I am not given permission to be that way. No wonder I struggle with the fact of depression being an illness, one it doesn’t look like I have any symptoms of any sort of disease or sickness.
All quotes by Joseph Campbell
123 RV. Forgiveness is necessary for self, permission is necessary for others