Friday, November 17, 2006

Beyond the Village...

Psychoanalysis is a technique to cure excessively suffering individuals of the unconsciously misdirected desires and hostilities that weave around them their private web of unreal terrors and ambivalent attractions. The patient released from these finds herself able to participate with comparative satisfaction in the more realistic fears, hostilities, erotic and religious practices, business enterprises, wars, pastimes, and household tasks offered by a particular culture.

But...For the one who has deliberately undertaken the difficult and dangerous journey beyond "the village compound," these interests, too, are to be regarded as based on error...

Joseph Campbell (on persuing the hero's journey)

("Joan of Arc" by Jules Bastien-Lepage)


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