Joseph Campbell had a unique gift for helping us see deep meaning in our everyday struggles. Through his passion and wisdom we can see our lives as part of a vast continuum that connects us with all of humanity. As David Kudler puts it, Campbell taught us “to look up and say, ‘This is part of something larger. I’m doing this for something that is important to me and to the people around me.'” But how did he come to be such a vast reservoir of knowledge from so many cultures and ages? How was he able to make ancient mythology the stuff of coffee table discussions and prime time television? Jonathan Young and David Kudler heard many of Joseph Campbell’s stories from the teacher himself, and worked side by side with him. They bring volumes of tales about this man who was of mythic proportions in his own right – a man who didn’t see a movie for forty years (till George Lucas invited him to a personal screening of Star Wars), and who postponed marriage till he found someone who loved stories as much as he did. With a volume of tales and personal glimpses, Drs. Young and Kudler ignite a fresh spark of fascination about the man who rekindled the fire of myth, magic, and meaning in our culture.
David Kudler is the Publishing Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and has served as the Chief Editor of New World Library’s acclaimed The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, an eight volume series. (2001-2003 New World Library). Jonathan Young is the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library, and supervised research on Campbell’s scholarly papers. He travels worldwide giving seminars on The Symbolism of Stories.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can find meaning in the myths of your own life
- Why your life is a continuation of all the wonderful myths from across the millennia
- How you can look past the words to find deeper meaning in traditional religious teachings
- What role your own inner demons may play in your conflicts with those around you
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 8/4/2004 Program Number: 3057