Whom Among Us

It’s pretty tricky

This life that I lead

Haunted by the memories

Unforgiven for past misdeeds

I think it’s safe to assert

I am not alone

The honest disenchanted

And those who must atone

The mind will resist

All the internal pain

Faulty logic diverts from guilt

Faulty logic diverts from shame

The intolerable truth

That some may make claim

The sociopathic’s proclivity

On the affected one’s disdain

To face the world again

The twelve steps you take

Only save a few

From their self-imposed heartache

The fact to consider

The fact we can take away

The challenge for every heart to give of itself

And forgive each other st the end of the day

The complexity in life

Often exposes us to threats

Some we escape from

Some we may have regrets

Learning by trial and error

Mistakes will be made

Some sorrows will accumulate

Some sorrows will fade

Before you cast your judgements

And all witness accounts are in

Whom among us will forgive?

Whom among us will begin?


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Am I a Patriot or Am I a Fool?

Am I a patriot or am I a fool?

For those of you

Who bleed the red, white, and blue

History will show

The heart of a country has gone askew

Right and left

Pointing the finger across the aisle

The silent masters watch with their Cheshire Cat smile

Simply look to the historians

You’ll find the commonality

We once said In God we trust

Now we argue over gender identity

In the cult of persuasion

A party will make decrees

Are they ones that are vigilant?

Or ones that deceive?

We the people

Trained to expect less

Conditioning our serfdom

The real human game of chess

Orwell and Huxley

Visions of gloom

The war on humanity

Continues and resumes

Our liberty and freedoms

Are now shadows of the bicentennial past

Erosion of the social contract

Poverty for the middle class

Failures of education

America’s economy under attack

The rise of the ignorant

Now becoming amnesiac’s

Don’t be seduced

As the government gives away

Other people’s money

Social engineering

The construct of our decay

There is no incentive

For a community that wants free things

Communism or Socialism

Feed off a body politic pulling all the strings

Rewarding the nonproducer

The lazy man’s dream

The lowest common denominator of our society

It may seem

If you are caught in this dilemma

And this is unforeseen

A market system controlled by the state

Are you on the right side of history?

Or do you fall somewhere in between?

It’s not a loaded question

For those of you in doubt

Just look to the central banks

The evidence for our sellout


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This Effervescent Sham

How can you tell

That the world is on fire?

If you can’t tell the rot-gut bottle

From the top shelf one that’s higher?

Why do we listen

To all the political hacks?

Have we never learned

From their past idiotic syntax?

Our relationships often fail

Quite often we do not learn

Find yet another similar situation

Find yet another one to burn

Hidden from a conscious effort

The duly noted quest

Distinguishable only by clear thought

In the muddied waters of the professed

We the human beings

Romp and trample about

To never learn from our failures

How can we possibly tout?

The braggart’s and peacock’s

Fumble themselves away

Never truly noticed

Despite the latest soiree

The talented one’s will see

This effervescent sham

What must they do?

If indeed they can?


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The Trial of Human Reason

Prologue

In the historical context of the Genesis story there are 48 verses that deal with the consequences of the first temptation and the exodus from Eden which St. Augustine refers as “The Original Sin”.  The questions I raise in a novel are the implications of such a story whereby my protagonist is “Human Reasoning”.

What is Satan’s Greatest Lie?

John 8:44

– You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of all lies.”

“Don’t lie to each other.” (Colossians 3:9)

Christians are in warfare against Satan. While it is true that Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, it is also true that Satan never ceases his attack on God’s People. In this warfare, let us look at five of Satan’s greatest lies he uses against people.

GREATEST LIE #1 – GOD WITHHOLDS GOOD THINGS FROM US

  • A. Genesis 3:4-5 –“‘You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
  • B. Satan tempts us to believe God’s goodness obligates Him to gratify our desires immediately, and when that does not happen, it is a sign that God does not care about us.
  • C. God’s plans are always for out best over the long haul, and not just for the immediate short-term.

GREATEST LIE #2 – TRUST IN THE DEITY OF SELF

  • A. Psalm 20:7– “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
  • B. Satan always provides a list of alternatives to choose from in place of choosing to trust in God.
  1.  Humanism
  2.  Materialism . . . Things . . . Stuff
  3.  Denominational-ism . . . Religious beliefs and organizations that did not come from God.
  4.  Numbers . . . Satan tempts us to trust in numbers and not God’s provision.

1 Chronicles 21:1

– “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”

5. Self . . . Self-reliance.

a.  Satan wants us to fall victim to the lie of self-reliance.

Philippians 4:19

–“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

b. God-reliance . . . Not self-reliance.

GREATEST LIE #3 – GOD’S PEOPLE WILL NEVER SUFFER

  • A. Matthew 16:22-23– “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.’”

B. Satan tempts us to believe nothing bad will ever happen to us as Christians. And, if something bad does happen, it is just a further sign that God is not all we believe Him to be.” Satan would have us believe that.

  • C. Satan’s lie sows self-pity that blooms into bitterness of heart.

1. How thankful we should be for the Book of Job.

2. Romans 8:28

– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

GREATEST LIE #4 – MONEY BRINGS HAPPINESS

  • A. Matthew 4:8-9– “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.’”
  • B. Greed will take our eyes off God.
  • C. Listening to Satan will short-circuit God’s plan for us.

1. Malachi 3:10

– “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

2. God will provide things for us . . . But things will not provide God for us!

GREATEST LIE #5 – FORGIVENESS IS IMPOSSIBLE

  • A. Corinthians 2:7, 11– “Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
  • B. Refusal to forgive invites bitterness into our hearts.
  • C. Unable to forgive divides people and kills fellowship.
  • D. The road to forgiveness begins with remembering how much we’ve been forgiven.
  • E. In order to reach Heaven, not only must we be forgiven by God . . . But we must also forgive others.

Mark 11:25-26

– “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

John 8:32

– “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

resources to ponder:
http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tb3.htm
http://www.leighb.com/genesis.htm
https://global.oup.com/obso/focus/focus_on_genesis1/
http://www.michaelsheiser.com/TheNakedBible/HaselGen1ANE.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Da_Vinci_Code
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost

 


The Trial of Human Reason

3:6   And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

Temptation in the garden

The seductive lies that are told

Forever turning us away

Now forever wearing the blindfold

How can it be?

We turned away and now rely on what is fallible

Breaking the covenant

To trust on oneself, is truth now intangible?

The serpent’s deception

A fools path for amity

Free will determines our fate

A masterstroke for calamity

If you were to believe

Evil does not exist

Another problem to consider

Another problem to dismiss

What do we value?

Philosophy and logic?

Are they our absolution?

Are they anagogic?

The argument for freedom

Comes in many different shades

Can we lay down a trump card?

Can we lay down our ace of spades?

Consider the reasons we argue?

Consider why we fight?

The need to know?

The need to be right?

Understanding is fundamental

Understanding is our largest drive

Where do we turn for answers?

Is it truth or is it contrived?

The trial of human reason

Forever in debate

Is this our undoing?

Is this our checkmate?


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Eve, the apple and the serpent. Think upon this iconic triad.  The possibilities for involvement are multitudinous.:

 

 

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. ~John Milton:

 

Opposing Views


A difference of opinion

An opposing view

We all must protect our rights

Even the radical few

Freedom of speech

Endangered by rule

Attack on our liberties

The donkeys and mules

The human spirit

Cannont be silenced

MLK and Gandhi will attest

An example of the few

Who fought for the rest

A voice silenced by law

Is not something new

Only reason and debate
Can quell the dissonant voices

And this is in my view

A mind unfree to think

Not allowed to question

Not allowed to dream

A plantation mentality

A design of the thought machine

To suppress an open discussion

The thought police reins king

Climate change Denier

They want you to plead guilty and sing

The penalty imposed is dangerous

The penalty imposed let’s be clear

There is no republic without freedom

And despotic rule is severe

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Premonition of a Déjà vu

The transformational process for a protagonist to undergo change from both external and internal forces that sends them in a new direction is a rewarding story as it unfolds when disclosed.  These stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end in this kind of approach with some defining resolution as it is divulged from the storyteller.  On the other hand, there are stories of a protagonist who will never see or understand how to form a new path despite the obstacles (whether these difficulties are internal or external) as the protagonist’s story unfolds.  This too is an interesting story in its own right however tragic it might be.

There are many stories to highlight the human condition.  Most of humanity’s affinity is with unresolved identities in personal obstacles; most humans do not meet a definite resolution in many of their conflicts within their lifespans.  But misery does love company.

The “unexamined life is not worth living”… (Socrates), or “The mass of men lead a life of quiet desperation”… (H.D. Thoreau), are examples of the preeminent failures of our kind to overcome interference and/or conquer our interference that is more often expressed in literature than the former example of a hero’s journey such as Joseph Campbell discusses.


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The unexamined life is not worth living (Ancient Greek: ὁ … ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ) is a famous dictum apparently uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death, as described in Plato’s Apology (38a5-6).

 

Henry David Thoreau

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.  From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.  A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work.  But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..”

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays


Joseph Campbell
featured in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) by Joseph Campbell

The hero’s journey

– personal completion of cycle

Departure
The Call to Adventure

The hero begins in a situation of normality from which some information is received that acts as a call to head off into the unknown.

Campbell: “…(the call of adventure is to) a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves, or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state; but it is always a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, super human deeds, and impossible delight.  The hero can go forth of his own volition to carry out the adventure, as did Theseus when he arrived in his father’s city, Athens, and heard the horrible history of the Minotaur; or he may be carried or sent abroad by some benign or malignant agent as was Odysseus, driven about the Mediterranean by the winds of the angered god, Poseidon.  The adventure may begin as a mere blunder… or still again, one may be only casually strolling when some passing phenomenon catches the wandering eye and lures one away from the frequented paths of man.  Examples might be multiplied, ad infinitum, from every corner of the world.”
Refusal of the Call

Often when the call is given, the future hero first refuses to heed it.  This may be from a sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, or any of a range of reasons that work to hold the person in his or her current circumstances.

Campbell: “Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or ‘culture,’ the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved.  His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless—even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire or renown.  Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him his minotaur.  All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration.” [2]
Supernatural Aid

Once the hero has committed to the quest, consciously or unconsciously, his guide and magical helper appears or becomes known.  More often than not, this supernatural mentor will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that will aid him later in his quest.

Campbell: “For those who have not refused the call, the first encounter of the hero journey is with a protective figure (often a little old crone or old man) who provides the adventurer with amulets against the dragon forces he is about to pass.  What such a figure represents is the benign, protecting power of destiny.  The fantasy is a reassurance—promise that the peace of Paradise, which was known first within the mother womb, is not to be lost; that it supports the present and stands in the future as well as in the past (is omega as well as alpha); that though omnipotence may seem to be endangered by the threshold passages and life awakenings, protective power is always and ever-present within or just behind the unfamiliar features of the world.  One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear.  Having responded to his own call, and continuing to follow courageously as the consequences unfold, the hero finds all the forces of the unconscious at his side.  Mother Nature herself supports the mighty task.  And in so far as the hero’s act coincides with that for which his society is ready, he seems to ride on the great rhythm of the historical process.” [3]
Crossing the First Threshold

This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of his or her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.

Campbell: “With the personifications of his destiny to guide and aid him, the hero goes forward in his adventure until he comes to the ‘threshold guardian’ at the entrance to the zone of magnified power. Such custodians bound the world in four directions — also up and down — standing for the limits of the hero’s present sphere, or life horizon.  Beyond them is darkness, the unknown and danger; just as beyond the parental watch is danger to the infant and beyond the protection of his society danger to the members of the tribe.  The usual person is more than content, he is even proud, to stay within the indicated bounds, and popular belief gives him every reason to fear so much as the first step into the unexplored.  The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.” [4]
Belly of the Whale

The belly of the whale represents the last separation from the hero’s known world and self.  By entering this stage, the person shows willingness to undergo a metamorphosis.  When First entering the stage the hero may meet a minor danger or set back.

Campbell: “The idea that the passage of the magical threshold is a transit into a sphere of rebirth is symbolized in the worldwide womb image of the belly of the whale.  The hero, instead of conquering or conciliating the power of the threshold, is swallowed into the unknown and would seem to have died.  This popular motif gives emphasis to the lesson that the passage of the threshold is a form of self-annihilation.  Instead of passing out, beyond the confines of the visible world, the hero goes in, to be born again. The disappearance corresponds to the passing of a worshipper into a temple—where he is to be quickened by the recollection of who and what he is, namely dust and ashes unless immortal.  The temple interior, the belly of the whale, and the heavenly land beyond, above, and below the confines of the world, are the same.  That is why the approaches and entrances to temples are flanked and defended by colossal gargoyles: dragons, lions, devil-slayers with drawn swords, resentful dwarfs, winged bulls.  The devotee at the moment of entry into a temple undergoes a metamorphosis.  Once inside he may be said to have died to time and returned to the World Womb, the World Navel, the Earthly Paradise.  Allegorically, then, the passage into a temple and the hero-dive through the jaws of the whale are identical adventures, both denoting in picture language, the life-centering, life-renewing act.” [5]
Initiation
The Road of Trials

The road of trials is a series of tests that the person must undergo to begin the transformation.  Often the person fails one or more of these tests, which often occur in threes.

Campbell: “Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials.  This is a favorite phase of the myth-adventure.  It has produced a world literature of miraculous tests and ordeals.  The hero is covertly aided by the advice, amulets, and secret agents of the supernatural helper whom he met before his entrance into this region.  Or it may be that he here discovers for the first time that there is a benign power everywhere supporting him in his superhuman passage.  The original departure into the land of trials represented only the beginning of the long and really perilous path of initiatory conquests and moments of illumination.  Dragons have now to be slain and surprising barriers passed — again, again, and again. Meanwhile there will be a multitude of preliminary victories, unretainable ecstasies and momentary glimpses of the wonderful land.” [6]
The Meeting with the Goddess
Campbell: “The ultimate adventure, when all the barriers and ogres have been overcome, is commonly represented as a mystical marriage of the triumphant hero-soul with the Queen Goddess of the World.  This is the crisis at the nadir, the zenith, or at the uttermost edge of the earth, at the central point of the cosmos, in the tabernacle of the temple, or within the darkness of the deepest chamber of the heart.  The meeting with the goddess (who is incarnate in every woman) is the last test of the talent of the hero to win the boon of love (charity: amor fati), which is life itself enjoyed as the encasements of eternity.  And when the adventurer, in this context, is not a youth but a maid, she is the one who, by her qualities, her beauty, or her yearning, is fit to become the consort of an immortal.  Then the heavenly husband descends to her and conducts her to his bed—whether she will or not.  And if she has shunned him, the scales fall from her eyes; if she has sought him, her wish finds its peace.” [7]
Woman as Temptress

In this step, the hero faces those temptations, often of a physical or pleasurable nature, that may lead him or her to abandon or stray from his or her quest, which does not necessarily have to be represented by a woman. Woman is a metaphor for the physical or material temptations of life, since the hero-knight was often tempted by lust from his spiritual journey.

Campbell: “The crux of the curious difficulty lies in the fact that our conscious views of what life ought to be seldom correspond to what life really is.  Generally we refuse to admit within ourselves, or within our friends, the fullness of that pushing, self-protective, malodorous, carnivorous, lecherous fever which is the very nature of the organic cell.  Rather, we tend to perfume, whitewash, and reinterpret; meanwhile imagining that all the flies in the ointment, all the hairs in the soup, are the faults of some unpleasant someone else.  But when it suddenly dawns on us, or is forced to our attention that everything we think or do is necessarily tainted with the odor of the flesh, then, not uncommonly, there is experienced a moment of revulsion: life, the acts of life, the organs of life, woman in particular as the great symbol of life, become intolerable to the pure, the pure, pure soul.  The seeker of the life beyond life must press beyond (the woman), surpass the temptations of her call, and soar to the immaculate ether beyond.” [8]
Atonement with the Father

In this step the person must face and be initiated by whatever holds the greatest power in his or her life.  In many myths and stories this is the father, or a father figure who has life and death power.  This is the center point of the journey.  All the previous steps have moved into this place, all that follow will move out from it.  Although this step is most often symbolized by an encounter with a male entity, it does not have to be a male; just someone or thing with incredible power.

Campbell: “Atonement consists in no more than the abandonment of that self-generated double monster—the dragon thought to be God (superego) and the dragon thought to be Sin (repressed id).  But this requires an abandonment of the attachment to ego itself, and that is what is difficult.  One must have a faith that the father is merciful, and then a reliance on that mercy.  Therewith, the center of belief is transferred outside of the bedeviling god’s tight scaly ring, and the dreadful ogres dissolve.  It is in this ordeal that the hero may derive hope and assurance from the helpful female figure, by whose magic (pollen charms or power of intercession) he is protected through all the frightening experiences of the father’s ego-shattering initiation.  For if it is impossible to trust the terrifying father-face, then one’s faith must be centered elsewhere (Spider Woman, Blessed Mother); and with that reliance for support, one endures the crisis—only to find, in the end, that the father and mother reflect each other, and are in essence the same.  The problem of the hero going to meet the father is to open his soul beyond terror to such a degree that he will be ripe to understand how the sickening and insane tragedies of this vast and ruthless cosmos are completely validated in the majesty of Being.  The hero transcends life with its peculiar blind spot and for a moment rises to a glimpse of the source. He beholds the face of the father, understands—and the two are atoned.” [9]
Apotheosis

This is the point of realization in which a greater understanding is achieved. Armed with this new knowledge and perception, the hero is resolved and ready for the more difficult part of the adventure

Campbell: “Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lies in them, but that what they, and all things, really are is the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the wish fulfilling trees, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concord.” [10]
The Ultimate Boon

The ultimate boon is the achievement of the goal of the quest.  It is what the person went on the journey to get.  All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step, since in many myths the boon is something transcendent like the elixir of life itself, or a plant that supplies immortality, or the holy grail.

Campbell: “The gods and goddesses then are to be understood as embodiments and custodians of the elixir of Imperishable Being but not themselves the Ultimate in its primary state.  What the hero seeks through his intercourse with them is not finally themselves, but their grace, i.e., the power of their sustaining substance.  This miraculous energy-substance and this alone is the Imperishable; the names and forms of the deities who everywhere embody, dispense, and represent it come and go.  This is the miraculous energy of the thunderbolts of Zeus, Yahweh, and the Supreme Buddha, the fertility of the rain of Viracocha, the virtue announced by the bell rung in the Mass at the consecration, and the light of the ultimate illumination of the saint and sage. Its guardians dare release it only to the duly proven.” [11]
Return
Refusal of the Return

Having found bliss and enlightenment in the other world, the hero may not want to return to the ordinary world to give the boon onto his fellow-man.

Campbell: “When the hero-quest has been accomplished, through penetration to the source, or through the grace of some male or female, human or animal, personification, the adventurer still must return with his life-transmuting trophy.  The full round, the norm of the monomyth, requires that the hero shall now begin the labor of bringing the runes of wisdom, the Golden Fleece, or his sleeping princess, back into the kingdom of humanity, where the boon may redound to the renewing of the community, the nation, the planet or the ten thousand worlds.  But the responsibility has been often refused.  Even Gautama Buddha, after his triumph, doubted whether the message of realization could be communicated, and saints are reported to have died while in the supernal ecstasy.  Numerous indeed are the heroes fabled to have taken up residence forever in the blessed isle of the unaging Goddess of Immortal Being.” [12]
The Magic Flight

Sometimes the hero must escape with the boon, if it is something that the gods have been jealously guarding.  It can be just as adventurous and dangerous returning from the journey as it was to go on it.

Campbell: “If the hero in his triumph wins the blessing of the goddess or the god and is then explicitly commissioned to return to the world with some elixir for the restoration of society, the last stage of his adventure is supported by all the powers of his supernatural patron.  On the other hand, if the trophy has been attained against the opposition of its guardian, or if the hero’s wish to return to the world has been resented by the gods or demons, then the last stage of the mythological round becomes a lively, often comical, pursuit.  This flight may be complicated by marvels of magical obstruction and evasion.” [13]
Rescue from Without

Just as the hero may need guides and assistants to set out on the quest, often he or she must have powerful guides and rescuers to bring them back to everyday life, especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience.

Campbell: “The hero may have to be brought back from his supernatural adventure by help from without.  That is to say, the world may have to come and get him.  For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state.  ‘Who having cast off the world,’ we read, ‘would desire to return again?  He would be only there.’ And yet, in so far as one is alive, life will call.  Society is jealous of those who remain away from it, and will come knocking at the door. If the hero. . . is unwilling, the disturber suffers an ugly shock; but on the other hand, if the summoned one is only delayed—sealed in by the beatitude of the state of perfect being (which resembles death)—an apparent rescue is effected, and the adventurer returns.”[14]
The Crossing of the Return Threshold

The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world.

Campbell: “The returning hero, to complete his adventure, must survive the impact of the world.  Many failures attest to the difficulties of this life-affirmative threshold.  The first problem of the returning hero is to accept as real, after an experience of the soul-satisfying vision of fulfillment, the passing joys and sorrows, banalities and noisy obscenities of life.  Why re-enter such a world?  Why attempt to make plausible, or even interesting, to men and women consumed with passion, the experience of transcendental bliss?  As dreams that were momentous by night may seem simply silly in the light of day, so the poet and the prophet can discover themselves playing the idiot before a jury of sober eyes.  The easy thing is to commit the whole community to the devil and retire again into the heavenly rock dwelling, close the door, and make it fast.  But if some spiritual obstetrician has drawn the shimenawa across the retreat, then the work of representing eternity in time, and perceiving in time eternity, cannot be avoided” The hero returns to the world of common day and must accept it as real.[15]
Master of Two Worlds

This step is usually represented by a transcendental hero like Jesus or Gautama Buddha.  For a human hero, it may mean achieving a balance between the material and spiritual.  The person has become comfortable and competent in both the inner and outer worlds.

Campbell: “Freedom to pass back and forth across the world division, from the perspective of the apparitions of time to that of the causal deep and back—not contaminating the principles of the one with those of the other, yet permitting the mind to know the one by virtue of the other—is the talent of the master.  The Cosmic Dancer, declares Nietzsche, does not rest heavily in a single spot, but gaily, lightly, turns and leaps from one position to another.  It is possible to speak from only one point at a time, but that does not invalidate the insights of the rest.  The person, through prolonged psychological disciplines, gives up completely all attachment to his personal limitations, idiosyncrasies, hopes and fears, no longer resists the self-annihilation that is prerequisite to rebirth in the realization of truth, and so becomes ripe, at last, for the great at-one-ment.  His personal ambitions being totally dissolved, he no longer tries to live but willingly relaxes to whatever may come to pass in him; he becomes, that is to say, an anonymity.”[14]
Freedom to Live

Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, which in turn is the freedom to live.  This is sometimes called living in the moment, neither anticipating the future nor regretting the past.

Campbell: “The hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become, because he is.  “Before Abraham was, I AM.”  He does not mistake clear changelessness in time for the permanence of Being, nor is he fearful of the next moment (or of the ‘other thing’), as destroying the permanent with its change.  ‘Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the greater re-newer, ever makes up forms from forms.  Be sure there’s nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form.’  Thus the next moment is permitted to come to pass.” [17]

The martyr’s story

– incomplete trans-formative cycle of an individual that transmutes and gives meaning to others

The common-ordinary protagonist

Non-completion and most of our kind falls under this category with no resolution discovered

The extraordinary protagonist

Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances or special cases of people with extraordinary peculiarities that become intertwined with fortuitous circumstances

The conflicts are internal and external

Spirit / Will  ( {internal} obstinate, ignorance, {external} control by fear, interpersonal interference)  The spirit is essentially the embodiment of existential factors that depersonalizes us over extended periods of time with negative effects such as co-dependent relationships.
Mind  ( the psychological factors such as ego, personality, intelligence, coping skills, drives and habits comprising of motivators that direct our behaviors)

There are so many examples of interesting stories that make up the human condition that can teach us about our humanity.  Many of us are simply detached and do not pay attention as we drift through our living days on this planet in all its tumultuous underpinnings.  I contend that most people, do not investigate what can make a better life for us and our fellow citizens on nothing more than a political level and that this purpose is hidden in the subterfuge of faulty logic and misguided erroneous human motivational factors.

Out of the immense varieties of self discovery, a very small amount of people will ever gain any kind of visionary wisdom that won’t be in vain.  When in search for the “best possible life”, and learning about this knowledge could benefit the associations in their company, few if any would recognize the values of such an attempt.  These seekers of betterment are more likely to explore this activity by perusing the book shelves in the local Barnes and Noble “self-help” bookseller inventory.

“Word of mouth”, and an internet search for such ideas is also very likely to turn a few heads, and only by serendipity if it comes to pass indeed.  The idea of manifestation comes to mind when a topic such as this comes to the fore.  For me, I have chosen the meta-topics of searching through available literature, and the discovery of humans connecting to others in the process.  The stories we have been exposed to has a process; a process that connects us to one another for the simple reason for similar mindsets wanting something more than what usually leaves us defensively.  The quest for a better understanding than what is usually an acceptable anecdotal path to the many journey’s of discovery pursued in a life is tested once again when we broaden this scope.

The Social Justice Warrior

How splendid are we

The Social Justice Warrior will plea

They argue in ignorance of the free

A constitution recognized only for their need

SJW you bite the apple, the forbidden tree

Are there secrets you refrain to see?

The devil does not exist

Safe to say you agree?

SJW you do what you’re told

Don’t disregard the facts

Don’t put logic on hold

Please chalenge authority

Don’t always believe what’s been sold

SJW beating the drum so loud

Stirring the divisions

Stirring the crowd

It validates the agendas

Of which you are so proud

SJW a proxy to a disease

The average man now on his knees

Prince or pauper; who will you appease

A nation of laws

A constitution now under siege

Parties that point the finger

Often become the bullies

We all want accountability

We should all want honest debate

Because we disagree

Should we not seek common ground to conflate?

To the libertarian…an individual is important

To the Progressive… the collective is the vital thread

From culture to cult

Yes that is what I said

We the people

Live with tolerance and controversy

What values do you support?

Is it left only to subjectivity?

SJW speak up and speak loud

Are you sure of what you believe in…

Is not covered in any shroud?

Conduct ourselves with integrity

Conduct our behavior with etiquette

Forget the hive mentality

The mob may not always rule, not yet

Consider the issues wisely

Don’t listen to the gang of fools

Know who are the puppets

Know the operating tools

The republic is not perfect

The truth written in our decree

We the people

in order to form a more perfect union

established justice secure domestic tranquility

provide for the common defense

promote the general welfare advance

secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and posterity

do ordain and establish this Constitution

for the United States of America


DCG