Enough with the hero’s journey already: Colin Stokes at TEDxBeaconStreet

Joseph Campbell has inspired generations, especially through the quest movies that young people watch. But life has a way of not fitting into a simple mythic…

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20 thoughts on “Enough with the hero’s journey already: Colin Stokes at TEDxBeaconStreet

  1. I love Colin Stokes’s lectures!! ­čÖé he brings up very good points that are
    often passed up…´╗┐

  2. If you can spare 12 minutes, this is definitely worth the watch. What
    happens when we realize that we are not always protagonists and that
    sometimes the story that we act in are not our own at all….really really
    wonderful. Check it out!´╗┐

  3. I love this guy’s look and attitude to individual lives! I think he’s right
    about everything, one thing I would like to see is the stats of how many
    black actors there are and how many of those apply to play those big budget
    films? There is a big difference in culture and that doesn’t excuse the
    facts of what Colin has said for 1 second because I think that difference
    in culture has come from the cause and it’s one big circle. And that
    mustn’t be forgotten. If anything it must be developed to create a change.´╗┐

  4. Respectfully, I think Mr. Stokes is misunderstanding Campbell’s Hero’s
    Journey. The mythic journey is a metaphor for finding solutions outside
    our normal, everyday life. It’s about transformation, transcendence, and
    purgation. And he is within the Hero circle – he’s the Helper, which is
    pretty darn important.´╗┐

  5. joseph Campbell says the conclusion of hero’s journey is when the hero
    sacrifices himself for something greater than or beyond their own self.´╗┐

  6. “Protagonize everyone you meet.” “Ask yourself what role you play in their
    stories” That is incredibly deep. I think I’ll add that to my philosophy.´╗┐

  7. The book, “The Hero Within” by Carol Pearson does a better job of
    humanizing the Hero’s Journey, in my opinion. Campbell’s work is pretty
    dense, more academic in many ways. In her transformation flow, there is a
    archetype called The Caretaker, the phase of the journey where the Hero
    learns to care more for others than he/she cares for him/herself. This is
    right in the middle of her description of the journey and thus is pivotal.
    If you don’t care for anyone more than yourself, why would you risk your
    life to transform? What Stokes is describing here is that phase´╗┐

  8. The four movies he references at 5:40 (in order):

    12 Years a Slave
    Fruitvale Station
    The Butler´╗┐

  9. If you’ve had children, unfortunately the hero’s journey is denied you
    until next lifetime. Which is why the Hobbits can guffaw with the alpha
    hobbit so complacently. That spark you saw in each other’s eyes when you
    fell in love, you gave to your children. That spark is the seed of the
    hero’s journey. It is so perilous a journey that most refuse, and follow a
    perception of their parents’ journey instead. What happens when we stop
    being protagonists? You stop being an individual. He’s just trying to
    salve your guilt that you gave up your individuality for homogeneity. ´╗┐

  10. Im close to tears im thankful to hear a whiteman say this I thought they
    were all too far gone.´╗┐

  11. bias and discriminating is a part of the natural condition of being a
    person, it keeps you alive
    better trust your gut when its giving you a strong signal… you will only
    make the worst mistake “once”´╗┐

  12. *”I don’t think I was training to be a hero, so much as I was training to
    be a narcissist.” *´╗┐

  13. Okay. So when you watch an NBA-game as a white kid it must be horrible for
    you. Watching the sports landscapes give young white kids the feeling that
    they never achieve something in athletics. We also have to do something
    about race-parity in Hip Hop…

    BTW: The Butler and 12 years a slave were awesome. It took me a TEDx talk
    to figure out that the black guy being the lead should raisde my eyebrown.´╗┐