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An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms Paperback – May 23, 1990
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Toms, host of the radio series "New Dimensions," interviewed Joseph Campbell a number of times over ten years. This book is compiled from transcripts of nine of these interviews. While the content is similar to Campbell and Moyers's The Power of Myth (Doubleday, 1988), Toms takes a more conversational approach than did Moyers, making the text easier for the general reader. As a result, this is a good book to recommend to younger readers who might find The Power of Myth too erudite, though unfortunately, it has no illustrations. For any library where there is demand for materials by and about Campbell. Lucy Patrick, Strozier Lib., Florida Univ., Tallahassee
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mythology has always been the means and the result of thinking humanity's search for the deepest truths and meanings-- Campbell devoted his long scholarly life to these themes and this little book is a very readable clear overview. The religions, having evolved from the myths, continue to hold a lot of influence. Perhaps too much. It is the belief in literal interpretations that turn mighty clarifying themes of humankind's potential greatness into pinched, competitive, one-up-man-ship leading to depressed neuroses instead of the soaring freedom of spirit those themes are really meant to serve.
Here is a typical quote [page 60-61] of Campbell's attempt to lift up the sectarian temptations of exclusivity into what could be the universally enlightening heritage of all mankind:
"The myth of the great savior, for example, represents the culmination or fulfillment of human potentiality...when you read the lives of the saviors-- Jain saviors, Buddhist saviors, the Christ-- the same motifs are there, time and time and time again. Turn to the wonderful Greek mystery religions, and again there are virgin births, death and resurrection...."
I know from my own life experience there is a great freeing of the mind and spirit available to the human experience when we see the universality of all our deepest most heart-felt beliefs emerging always to all people everywhere throughout history. We really are all one when we simply begin to see it so. Campbell helps those who wish to know.