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The Hero's Journey (part 3)

Updated: Feb 6, 2022

One of my favorite essayists is a woman named Maria Popova; her blog is called The Marginalia.

1996, David Schnaufer during the last leg of his own Hero's Journey plays in Joelton, Tennessee at the Rawlings Center. Photo courtesy of Mary Lawrence Breinig.

Her writing is exquisite. In this post she makes the argument for the sacred nature of the storyteller's art because of the important tool it provides us as listeners/readers:

Because self-knowledge is the most difficult of the arts of living, because understanding ourselves is a prerequisite for understanding anybody else, and because we can hardly fathom the reality of another without first plumbing our own depths, art is what makes us not only human but humane.

In a nutshell, that is the value of looking for the scaffolding framework of the Hero's Journey in any story we read or listen to.

Those stories are also found in traditional music lyrics. More on that down the road.

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