Posts Tagged 'myth'

What Makes a Hero

Hero's Journey

Check out the Ted.Ed animated illustration “What Makes a Hero” of Joseph Campbell‘s Hero’s Journey, in relation to our lives and also literature and movies. Film by Matthew Winkler.


The Zombie Apocalypse


After seeing the movie World War Z over the weekend I reminded myself that I never need to see another zombie movie again. Later, some friends and I were talking about why zombie stories are so prevalent in our culture right now and I thought about the symbolism of the “undead,” similar to vampire symbolism but not as sexy. There is nothing attractive about a zombie in any way. So what is it about them that is so fascinating to so many?

Adam Frank writes in a blog post “How To Love The Zombie Apocalypse” on the NPR blog 13.7 Cosmos and Culture:

“So why should we love the Zombie Apocalypse? Because, like all good mythologies, its trying to tell us something really, really important. The fact that the story keeps getting retold again and again shows us just how badly the thing at the root of the story wants to get our attention. And what is that thing? The Zombie Apocalypse is really trying to tell us about resilience.”

I’m not sure I buy resilience as that thing, but I like the idea of “how badly the thing at the root of the story wants to get our attention.” Now, what really wants to get our attention? And where is Joseph Campbell when we need him?

The Power of Myth


You can now listen to and download all six episodes of The Power of Myth, Bill Moyer’s classic PBS series with Joseph Campbell from 1988.

The Power of Myth

Bill Moyers will be making available audio podcasts in 2 parts from his historic PBS interview with Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, over the next 2 weeks while PBS is doing its pledge drive. You can listen to the podcasts directly from your computer or you can download the podcasts to listen to on your media player.

Man as Hero

“Parsifal” by Jean Delville, 1890

A perfect audio lecture to listen to for this year’s study topic—Robert Johnson speaking in May 1987 for the Journey into Wholeness series. He talks particularly about the myth of Parsifal and King Arthur. The talk is slanted toward the hero in men specifically, but is definitely of interest for women as well. Though this lecture happened 20+ years ago, his discussion of the Red Knight and how he appears in terrorists is even more pertinent today.

The lecture is in two parts and you can either listen to it from the website or you can download the two files to listen from computer, iPod, or burn to CD.


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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