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Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
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Voltaire, along with most of the thinkers in the eighteenth century, sought to dispel myths. Campbell, on the other hand, seeks to reinvigorate the propensity to create myths; it is no wonder, then, that his favorite philosophers are Schopenhaur and Nietzsche. When Nietzsche said, "God is dead," he meant that now is the time to choose evil in order to resuscitate the idea; so we have Campbell in these pages speaking on the modern yearning for ritual when our world leaders pass away, like JFK (it's a wonder he doesn't choose Kim Il Sung), and even going so far as to say that American soldiers in Vietnam were labourers of love. Interspersed throughout this pathetic nonsense is a great deal of information on myth which is, of course, fascinating, but the intention of this book is, to my mind, thoroughly pernicious.

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