I never got around to posting anything about this really wonderful book, which is an interview of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers. I'm pinched for time, so here are a few quotes.
Campbell: There's nothing militant about Jesus. I don't read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant's ear, and Jesus said, "Put back thy sword, Peter." But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since.
That one resonated with me deeply. I feel that in the last ten to fifteen years, American Christianity has morphed into something completely different than it was in my childhood. I feel that for a growing number of the population it's about one third religion, a third Republican politics and a third American patriotism. To borrow the above metaphor, I've seen this combination cutting people to pieces, and I can't stand it.
Moyers: Whatever it is we experience we have to express in a language that is just not up to the occasion.
This one resonates as well, but on a positive note. Life is amazing. People are wonderful. There's so much to see and do and create that we can't pack it all in to a lifetime. Truly--words fail.