The Mother As Hero
Moyers:Don't you think we've lost the truth in this society of ours, where is deemed nore heoric to go out into the world and make a lot of money than it is to raise children?
Campbell: Making money gets more advertisement. You know the old saying: if a dog bites a man, that's not a story, but if a man bites a dog, you've got a story there. So the thing that happens and happens and happens, no matter how heroic it may be, is not news. Motherhood has lost its novelty, you might say.
Moyers:That's a wonderful image, though- the mother as hero.
Campbell: It has always seemed so to me. That's something I've learned from reading these myths.
Moyers:It's a journey-you have to move out of the known, conventional safety of your life to undertake this.
Campbell: You have to be transformed from a maiden to a mother. That's the big change, involving many dangers.
Moyers: And when you come back from your journey, with the child, you've brought something into the world.
Campbell:Not only that, you've got a life job ahead of you. Otto Rank makes a point that there is a world of people who think that their heroic act in being born qualifies them for respect and support of their whole community.
Moyers:But there's still a journey to be taken after that.
Campbell:There's a large journey to be taken, of many trials.
Moyers:How is consciousness transformed?
Campbell:Either by trials themselves or by illuminating revelations. Trials and revelations are what it is all about.