Integrity, consonance and radiance, – that he believes every artistic object must achieves.
Joseph Campbell, The hero with a thousand of faces, p190 –
The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the the agony of spiritual grown. Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization.
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth:
M: And the one who had this psychological experience, this traumatic experience, this ecstasy, would become the interpreter for others of things not seen.
C: He (the artist) would become the interpreter of the heritage of mythological life…
… and the center, Bill, is right where you’re sitting. And the other one is right where I’m sitting. And each of us is a manifestation of that mystery. That’s a nice mythological realization that sort of gives you a sense of who and what you are. … This is the mythological way of being an individual… you are the central mountain, and central mountain is everywhere.
Daedalus’s flight – giving wings, a piece of artisan handicraft that symbolizes the individual’s ability to create art and the possibility of transcending worldly woes.
Through art, Stephen creates an ‘imperishable being’ very much like a soul – he will not just create literature, but will create himself.
‘The soul takes longer to be born, longer than the body.’
Quote 18: “I will not serve.” Part 5, page 260
Quote 19: “To discover the mode of life or of art whereby [my] spirit could express itself in unfettered freedom.” Part 5, page 267
Quote 20: “I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use–silence, exile, and cunning.” Part 5, page 268
Quote 21: “I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.” Part 5, page 269