Conclusion:The Road Less Traveled

We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes,and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.


Mythologist Joseph Campbell once said that there are only two ways to live life.1 One is the way of the villager, a person who never strays beyond the confines of his “village,” never dares to move beyond the comfort zone of his familiar, habitual patterns of living, thinking, working, and acting. The village is comfortable, predictable, and safe. We don’t have to learn much to live there.

The other way to live life is the path of the hero,2 the person who leaves her comfortable village, ventures beyond the walls of the familiar and out into the great unknown in pursuit of more expansive ways of living, ...

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