“We need a great rebirth of the heroic in our world. Every sector of human society, wherever that may be on the planet, seems to be slipping into an unconscious chaos. Only the heroic consciousness, exerting all its might, will be able to stop this slide toward oblivion. Only a massive rebirth of courage in both men and women will rescue the world. Against enormous odds, the Hero picks up his sword and charges into the heart of darkness, into the mouth of the dragon into the castle under the power of an evil spell.
What is the end of the Hero? Almost universally, in legend and myth, he ‘dies,’ is transformed into a god, and translated into heaven…..
The ‘death’ of the hero is the ‘death’ of boyhood, of Boy psychology. And it is the birth of manhood and Man psychology. The ‘death’ of the hero in the life of a boy (or man) really means that he has finally encountered his limitations. He has met the enemy, and the enemy is himself. He has met his own dark side, his very unheroic side. He has fought the dragon and been burned by it; he has fought the revolution and drunk the dregs of his own inhumanity. He has overcome the mother and then realized his incapacity to love the Princess. The ‘death’ of the Hero signals a boy’s or man’s encounter with true humility It is the end of his heroic consciousness.
True humility, we believe, consists of two things. The first is knowing our limitations. And the second is getting the help we need………………. “