Into the Woods: A Practical Guide to the Hero's Journey (17 Jun 2005)
What makes the hero's journey so important? Why should we bother with it?
It's important because myths are important.
Myths convey the values of society. Myths are how we teach each other who we are and how we should behave.
Myths actively guide our actions. They're not dusty old stories in a book, or crumbling temples in a far-off land. 62% of people in America say they believe in the literal truth of the Bible, and that became a critical factor in the election of George Bush to the White House. Suicide bombers in Iraq believe by blowing themselves up in their holy cause, they will go directly to Paradise and will this day be with Allah. Game developers believe that if we work just a little bit harder, we'll soon see fat royalty checks.
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