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Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies.

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This widely distributed pattern was first fully described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). Novelists songwriters video game designers and even amusement park ride designers have studied Campbell's work in order to better understand mythology—in particular the monomyth—and its impact. It was very eerie because in reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces I began to realize that my first draft of Star Wars was following classic motifs.

Joseph John Campbell (March 26 1904 – October 30 1987) was an American mythologist writer and lecturer best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. ". His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss.

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