Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” is required reading for anyone wondering about the big questions. Campbell said to Bill Moyers in the interview that became the book : “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living … Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid … I came to the idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the BRINK (!), the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence : ‘sat – chit – ananda’. The word ‘sat’ means being. ‘Chit’ means consciousness. ‘Ananda’ means bliss or rapture.”
Readers of this Blog, especially Believers on the Brink, need no exegesis from me about all this; I would simply suggest the paraphrase : “Pursue your personal project with passion”. “Follow your bliss” is still a trendy, hip slogan for the Greenwich Village folk and their ilk. But it does sum up pretty neatly what has been driving me in both Book and Blog. It has been best explained as “identifying that pursuit that you are truly passionate about, and attempting to give yourself absolutely to it; thereby you will find your fullest potential”.
So carpe the diem, “launch into the deep”, “duc in altum”, as Jesus said, though not in the Vulgate’s Latin, to His fishers of men, “follow your bliss” as I have been doing since I discovered the truth of atheism that has set me free from … myth.