Joseph Campbell was an American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College until his last breath. He was born on 26th March 1904 and left this world on October 30th, 1987. His notable work is his book named “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” published in 1949. This book includes the concept of archetypal hero shared by world mythologies, which is termed monomyth. He has tried to cover many aspects of the human experience.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

Joseph Campbell

Joe was also the professor of Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His primary field of interest includes free will, moral responsibility, and skepticism. He was awarded as WSU Humanities Fellowship for a project on punishment and prison reform. He has contributed a major role in the Hollywood movie “Star Wars” released in 1977 based on his first book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”

Once he articulates his belief in God – “he believes in a God – the “life force” – behind the veil, behind all things. This God, as “we all know” is impersonal – the god of both life and death, in all things and nothing.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

Joseph Campbell

He encountered the Great Depression, while at the same time he spent the next five years staying in a rented shack in Woodstock, New York. He planned the next course of his life while involved in an intensive and rigorous independent study. He further described it as he “would divide the day into four three-hour periods, of which I would be reading in three of the three-hour periods, and free one of them … I would get nine hours of sheer reading done a day. And he followed with full discipline for straight next five years.

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Joseph Campbell

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

Joseph Campbell

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