“In other traditions, good and evil are relative to the position in which you are standing. What is good for one is evil for the other. And you play your part, not withdrawing from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but seeing that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder: a ‘mysterium tremendum et fascinans.’
“‘All life is sorrowful’ is the first Buddhist saying, and so it is. It wouldn’t be life if there weren’t temporality involved, which is sorrow – loss, loss, loss. You’ve got to say yes to life and see it as magnificent this way; for this is surely the way God intended it …
“It is joyful just as it is. I don’t believe there was anybody who intended it, but this is the way it is. James Joyce has a memorable line: ‘History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.’ And the way to wake from it is not to be afraid, and to recognize that all of this, as it is, is a manifestation of the horrendous power that is of all creation. The ends of things are always painful. But pain is part of there being a world at all …
“I will participate in the game. It is a wonderful, wonderful opera – except that it hurts.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
More Joseph Campbell on Beyond Meds:
- All the gods, all the heavens, all the worlds, are within us.
- Love of your fate — Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens
- The psyche: a land of many maps
- your own authority
- We each must be our own hero and follow the path that’s no path…
- Are you able to say a hearty yes to your adventure?