Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Joseph Campbell - Learning Biography

He is a French Mythologist, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion


But what fascinated me most about Joseph Campbell, was his love for learning. 

College Education

He did a degree in biology and mathematics at Dartmouth college, but transferred to Columbia University where he received a BA in English Literature and an MA in Medieval Literature.

Five years of committed learning

During the great depression he spent five years in a rented shack reading and contemplating life. He commented on this period as such, “"would divide the day into four four-hour periods, of which I would be reading in three of the four hour periods, and free one of them... I would get nine hours of sheer reading done a day. And this went on for five years straight." 

Travel Sabbatical

In 1955-56 he took a sabbatical and spent six months in South India and another six months in East Asia mostly Japan.

'I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.' Campbell on Following your Bliss 

Further Learning

1) Books - Power of Myth and the Hero's Journey

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