Not the animal world, not the plants’ world, not the miracle of the spheres, but man himself is now the crucial mystery. Man is the alien presence (…) in whose image society is to be transformed.
Man, understood however not as “I” but as “Thou”: for the ideals of temporal institutions of no tribe, race, continent, social class, or century can be the measure of the inexhaustible and multifariously wonderful divine existence that is the life of all of us (…)
It is not society that it is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal -carries the cross of the redeemer-, not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his personal despair.
Campbell, J. (Eds.)(2008). The hero with a thousand faces. California