This one is short but worth sharing.
I had stumbled upon the concept of the Monomyth some time ago when George Lucas mentioned in interviews that he was inspired by the framework in his writing of the Star Wars script.
In it’s simplest form the Monomyth can be described as the perfect template for the story of a hero.
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
I took a deeper dive into the man behind the concept of the monomyth: Joseph Campbell. The way he describes the monomyth isthis: the common thread within all the mythological stories told to us throughout history. The narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ.
The monomyth is told and re-told to us in localized versions suited to the most recent generation. In George Lucas, we have a director who localized the Monomyth to us in the form of an adventure in space.
As interesting as the Monomyth is, Campbell’s life’s work is often summarized into something else, one phrase: “Follow your Bliss”.
In an interview he did in 1988, he discusses “Bliss”. I had the chance to do some video editing over the break and decided to use Joseph Campbell as the narration. What is Bliss? Watch and find out 😃