Once upon a time

There was a boy who was called to adventure. Initially, he refused the call, but eventually he was made to commit to the adventure, after which his magical guide appeared and presented the boy with one or more talismans that would aid him in his quest.

After receiving the talismans, he crossed the first threshold of adventure, leaving the known limits of his world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits were not known.

He then ended up in the belly of a whale (representing his final separation from his known world and self). By entering the belly of the whale, he showed his willingness to undergo a change, which he realized was critical to becoming a successful adventure hero.

Upon his escape from the belly of the whale, he washed up on an island whereupon lived a beautiful princess/goddess. He experienced a love that had the power and significance of the all-powerful, all encompassing, unconditional love that an infant may experience with his or her mother.

Unfortunately, this woman was a vile temptress. She led the boy to stray from his quest. Fortunately, he was able to escape from her with the use of one of his talismans.

Following his escape from the vile temptress, he had his final encounter with the villain, who represented his father. He was able to defeat the nemesis with the help of another of his talismans.

After defeating his nemesis, the boy received the ultimate boon — the object of his long adventure. After a short period of time where he considered keeping the boon for himself, he then escaped and returned to his world with the boon (with the fortuitous intervention of his magical guardian from chapter 2).

He crossed the threshold back into his world. He thusly became the master of both worlds, gaining freedom from the fear of death — the freedom to live.

I’m drunk, and Joseph Campbell would be proud.

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