“The hero, therefore, is the man or woman who has been able to battle past his personal and local historical limitations to the generally valid, normally human forms. Such a one’s visions, ideas, and inspirations come pristine from the primary springs of human life and thought. Hence they are eloquent, not of the present, disintegrating society and psyche, but of the unquenched source through which society is reborn. The hero has died as modern man; but as eternal man—perfected, unspecific, universal man—he has been reborn. His second solemn task and deed therefore... is to return then to us, transfigured, and teach the lesson he has learned of life renewed.”
Joseph Campbell

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Joseph Campbell

Mythologist, writer and lecturer.