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Highly recommended along with Richard Rohr who is also a gifted teacher of spirituality.
Myths to Live By is a great introduction to the works of a great writer. Read them, think about them, React to them. It's time well spent by anyone.
Campbell's idea is simple. The stories that we love and that we tell are what define us. We must all, for example, come to terms with the fact that we kill plants and animals in order to live. We must all explain what lies beyond death, and why we have been given the gift of life. We need to know what is worth living for and what is worth dying for.
This book is not for the devoutly religious. Campbell uses religion and myth as synonyms and gives equal credence to Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and plains Indian religious beliefs. The truth here was not written by an angry God on large stone tablets; it is found in the stories that we tell ourselves and our children.
Campbell examines the way people around the world have dealt with these questions and what happens when the myths we live by are swept away and replaced by nothing.
In many ways, this book is like a rich cheesecake. It cannot be consumed all at once. It needs to be savored a little at a time, and digested before moving on.
Indulge yourself in learning.
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