A reality of the creative journey: it can be lonely

I’m still working through a number of books that I read a few years ago on the general themes of the hero’s journey and the creative path.  This quote caught my attention today:

The modern hero, the modern individual who dares to heed the call and seek the mansion of that presence with whom it is our whole destiny to be atoned, cannot, indeed must not, wait for his community to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding.  “Live,” Nietzsche says, “as though the day were here.”  It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse.  And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal–carries the cross of the redeemer–not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his despair.

–Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, 1949

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