A Poet Reflects

[Bill] Moyers: “Why is a myth different from a dream?”
[Joseph] Campbell: “Oh, because a dream is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that is the support of our conscious lives and a myth is the society’s dream.  The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth.  If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group.  If it isn’t, you’ve got an adventure in the dark forest ahead of you.”
—Joseph Campbell, from “The Journey Inward” in The Power of Myth: With Bill Moyers (Anchor Books, 1991)
Painting: Mia Araujo, The Four Seasons, n.d.

[Bill] Moyers: “Why is a myth different from a dream?”

[Joseph] Campbell: “Oh, because a dream is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that is the support of our conscious lives and a myth is the society’s dream.  The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth.  If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group.  If it isn’t, you’ve got an adventure in the dark forest ahead of you.”

—Joseph Campbell, from “The Journey Inward” in The Power of Myth: With Bill Moyers (Anchor Books, 1991)

Painting: Mia Araujo, The Four Seasons, n.d.

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