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The Warrior Approach to the World

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The Warrior Approach to the World

Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist and Jung’s disciple, said in his Reflection on the Art of Living: “The warrior’s approach is to say “yes” to life: “yea” to it all.   Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”

Joseph Campbell was a great sage, and I drink from many of his teachings. But in this specific case, I have a different view. We may not be able to correct the world, but we should at least try. We should not be discouraged if we fail, we should not be unhappy if we fail, we should not be desperate if we fail.

It is true that we should always “straighten out our own lives”. Seem as a priority, I agree with Campbell, but this should not derail us to give a hand to help solving the problems of the world. At least, try we must.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, and I believe that our objective in life is to be happy and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. I am a writer. Some of my books are “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, “The Jungian Bible“, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness“. I invite you to visit my blog and leave your comments at:  www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org


O Caminho do Guerreiro

Joseph Campbell, o grande mitólogo e discípulo de Jung, disse em seu livro Reflexão sobre a Arte de Viver: “O método do guerreiro consiste em dizer “sim” para a vida; “sim “para tudo isso. Participe alegremente das tristezas do mundo. Não podemos curar as tristezas do mundo, mas podemos viver com alegria. Quando falamos em solucionar os problemas do mundo, estamos redondamente enganados. O mundo é perfeito. É uma baderna. Sempre foi uma baderna. Nós não vamos mudá-lo. Nossa tarefa consiste em endireitar nossas próprias vidas.”

Joseph Campbell foi um grande sábio, e eu bebo de muitos de seus ensinamentos. Mas, neste caso específico, eu tenho uma visão diferente. Podemos não ser capazes de corrigir o mundo, mas devemos pelo menos tentar. Não devemos desanimar se falharmos, não devemos ser infelizes se falharmos, não devemos desesperar se falharmos.

É verdade que devemos sempre trabalhar para “endireitar as nossas próprias vidas“. Se considerado como uma prioridade, eu concordo com Campbell, mas isso não deve nos impedir de dar uma mão para ajudar a resolver os problemas do mundo. Pelo menos, temos que tentar.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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