I worked as an artist for George Lucas and I am very familiar with “The Ranch” in Northern California, where Lucas held 4th of July parties every year. The following conversations between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell took place at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, right before Campbell’s death in 1987.
Everyone is a hero in his birth. He’s undergone a tremendous transformation, from a little water creature living in the realm of the amniotic fluid and so forth, then coming out and becoming an air breathing mammal that ultimately will be self-standing. This is an enormous transformation and a heroic act, Joseph Campbell said. He wrote “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, a seminal work of comparative mythology.
Apologies – the links on soundcloud no longer work – someone took good care to take them down but it was good while it lasted.
Bill Moyers released Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” in 6 episodes on soundcloud. It includes Chief Seattle’s letter to the US Government:
Ep. 1: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – The Hero’s Adventure
Ep. 2: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – The Message of the Myth
Ep. 3: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – The First Storytellers
Ep. 4: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – Sacrifice and Bliss
Ep. 5: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – Love and the Goddess
Ep. 6: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth — ‘Masks of Eternity’