The Hero’s Adventure

October 5, 2007

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“We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world.”
~ Joseph Campbell

I’m writing a paper today for one of my classes and I just found a place to inject the above quote into my flow of thought. Academia needs a little infusion of the life force!

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2 Responses to “The Hero’s Adventure”

  1. awareness Says:

    What a TERRIFIC quote………profound message there, and one we should all take time to ponder. We are all one…..all connected in our actions and thoughts…..what I do impacts you and I.

    Academia always needs a little infusion of the life force. I taught a counselling course last year and my number one goal was to bring the real world into the classroom. I used real situations, told stories about real people, encouraged them to talk about their lives and to share what they were comfortable sharing, all in the context of making counselling a part of life……..that it wasn’t some weird process done only in a therapist office. At the end of the course, where role play and interaction was used for self reflection and assessment, I met with the students individually to ask them to assess their own learning etc. Many of them who were about to graduate with their undergraduate degrees told me they had never taken a course quite like it because it was REAL life.

    Academia needs to be pulled into the real world….theoretical explications definately have their place, but so does making sure the learning makes the transition into the world of life and work.

  2. Matthew Says:

    Yes awareness Campbell has always resonated with me and I jumped at the chance to include him in my paper. I’m so glad you focused on bringing the real world into your classroom. There is a divide between academia and the workaday world, a difference I did not discover when I was an undergrad. Being in the library field while taking classes has opened my eyes to what academia lacks. At the same time I believe academia can help to inform working life–perhaps there just needs to be a better dialogue between the two. Your efforts certainly help to make that a reality.


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