How To Be A Hero - Why Do We Love Heroes So Much?

11 Jul 2018 20:33

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Why do we enjoy Heroes really much? Why do we watch films and read books and listen to stories of people who overcome difficult situations? Who measure in the battle and struggle valiantly? Who confront their fears and exhibit courage, even if the odds are against them?


Because that's that we all aspire to be.

Joseph Campbell summarized a common story that's followed closely by heroes from ancient mythological tales through modern day movies. He considered that, not only are humans drawn to this narrative, but which we all possess the capability to live it.

Allow me to introduce you.

He was an influential thought leader and author who wrote many novels. As a college student, I had a part-time occupation working for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, where I had been introduced to his ideas.

There is a movie, Finding Joe, that explores Campbell's thoughts about the Hero's Journey. I strongly suggest it! It features modern day philosophers, spiritual leaders and writers like Deepak Chopra and Ken Robinson as well as musicians, professional athletes, and even my old manager from the Foundation.

From the film, author Alen Cohen states"We're not separate from the characters we see in our stories and in our novels. They are us. It's one journey."

The hero's journey is characterized by a few key elements. To begin with, there's a separation along with a call to experience. Along the way, he experiences temptations and challenges, and he must face death (either physically or metaphorically). It is by beating that experience they are reborn and transformed. Then they've earned the name of"Hero."

There are whole books written about it, so I'm summarizing here. But the point is that the story line is exactly the same, even though the details can be radically different.

The Creative And Call

There are lots of distinct"calls to experience" that can jump start a hero's journey. And we could experience it repeatedly in a lifetime. From the film, a few of the instigators were physical challenges such as a loony skateboarding trick. Sometimes they are thrust upon you, like a severe medical condition or tragic experience. There may be acting scripts plays skits heroes superheroes , like moving to a new place, country or culture. Or a different kind of separation, like losing a job or a relationship.

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