If there is a path it is someone else’s path and you are not on the adventure.

.. Just been reading Joseph Campbell on the Arthurian Grail Tradition, and stumbled on a passage that nicely explains something that had puzzled me. I’d often wondered why all the knights wandered around individually on their quest, rather than joining forces. Campbell writes this..

“… They thought it would be a disgrace to go forth in a group. Each entered the forest at a point he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path…

Nice, huh? I liked it anyway..

..and of course no discussion of Arthurian legends would be complete without a reference to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch..

“… Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count. Neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three…”

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5 thoughts on “If there is a path it is someone else’s path and you are not on the adventure.

  1. I always think of quests as being something that traditionally must be done solo, kind of the archaic version of “building character.” Like Jesus in the desert, other random Biblical challenges by Jehovah, blahdeblah.

  2. Well, at least you didn’t compare me to Jesus.

    There’s another word for people like me, which is probably why I get along so well with people like you:

    hermit

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