I’m currently engaged in a personal academic study of Homer’s classic Greek works, the Illiad and the Odyssey.
What? What??!!??! It sure beats my other recent academic inquiry into Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Yeah, you read that correctly.
Hey, I’m a twice divorced, middle aged, American, male. I…I….I kinda like the idea of an attractive, female werewolf that could rip my head off. Team Leah Clearwater, FTW!
Didn’t see that coming, did you? Actress Julia Jones, 38, is of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and African American descent, studied ballet from age 4, and is a graduate of Columbia University, for any of the other 54% of readers that are men. She recently portrayed the character Kohana in the HBO show Westworld, and currently appears in the Liam Neeson flick Cold Pursuit.
Wait, what was I talking about?
Uhhh, let’s see… Team Jacob, Team Leah, Team Quielute, Greek literature, Sirens, right, right…
At their core, both the modern literature of Twilight and the 8th century BC literature of Homer are about the hero’s journey.
That epic journey from nobody to somebody. From worthless to priceless. From peon to super-hero.
The generic story is as old as recorded history itself. It’s the basis of entire movie franchises, and, at risk of offending countless readers, the basis of entire religions.
From Abraham to Odysseus to Jesus to Muhammad to de Broglie, The Hero’s Journey is an integral part of what makes us human. In truth, it’s the very story of the human condition. And, it’s a story that will play out into the future as we colonize the Moon, Mars, Proxima Centauri b, and encounter extraterrestrial species that throw our entire concept of being into utter chaos.
But here’s what excites me: No matter what changes in the world around us, you, too, can have your own hero’s journey.
Maybe you want to pull a Jassen, and rise from American poverty to the American 5%.
Maybe you want help ensure a drought-free future to thousands of Eritrean farmers.
Maybe you want to ensure the economic survival of your rural town of 50 people.
Maybe you want to ensure your own child receives a college education.
Maybe you want to ensure that your own family has a meal tomorrow.
No matter where you start, and what your objective may be, there is a Hero’s Journey to be had.
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