A Joseph Campbell Companion by Diane Osbon

This was a weird PN – I couldn’t find a way to summarize it well so I will try something new. I will try to summarize it as a book.

The main idea that this PN goes through is that you cannot walk someone else’s life. You will have to “find your own bliss” – Joseph Campbell. While you’re walking your path, you will come across many unknowns. Some of these will require you to really grow before you can overcome it. Of course, you don’t magically grow. You have to “be willing to get rid of the life [you’ve] planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for [you].” Of course, you won’t always know what the end result is, but at the same time, “Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.”

The point is, you have to be willing to say yes to new challenges and to love your fate. As Joseph Campbell says: “Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

That is essentially the gist of A Joseph Campbell Companion. Live your own life and take the challenges that you’ll face head on. I know I did not do this PN as much justice as it deserves, however, everything I read was brought right back to that idea. If you’re interested in the book (it actually has a 4.39 rating on goodreads – one of the highest I’ve ever seen!), I suggest you pick it up on Amazon. I’m actually thinking of picking it up solely because of its rating – then I’ll be able to tell just how poor of a job I did. (please note that I will be getting a small amount from Amazon, though it does not affect how much you pay – Amazon just makes less money than if you were to go onto the website yourself). I also suggest you check out the actual Philosopher’s Notes (note they even have courses that consolidate many of the concepts in the books that Brian Joshnson covers and puts them into videos that are really easy to digest). This is the first program that I’ve signed up for and am definitely getting my money’s worth!

If there are any other big points or really good quotes, please share them in the comments for everyone to see!


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