How To Be A Hero - Why Do We Love Heroes So Much?

Why do we enjoy Heroes so much? Why do we watch movies and read books and listen to tales of people who overcome difficult situations? Who step in the battle and fight valiantly? Who confront their fears and display courage, even when the odds are against them?
Because that’s that we all aspire to be.
Joseph Campbell summarized a common narrative that is followed closely by personalities from ancient mythological stories through modern day films. He believed that, not only are people drawn to this narrative, but which we all possess the capability to live it.

Let me introduce you.
He was an influential thought leader and writer who wrote many novels. As a college student, I had a part-time occupation working for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, in which I was introduced to his thoughts.
There’s a film, Finding Joe, which explores Campbell’s ideas about the Hero’s Journey. I highly recommend it! It includes modern day philosophers, spiritual leaders and authors like Deepak Chopra and Ken Robinson as well as musicians, professional athletes, and my old boss from the Foundation.

From the movie, writer Alen Cohen says”We are not separate from the figures we see in our stories and in our books. They’re us. It’s one journey.”
The hero’s journey is defined by a few key elements. First, there is a separation and a call to adventure. On the wayhe encounters challenges and temptations, and he must face death (either physically or metaphorically). It’s by overcoming that experience they are reborn and changed. Then they have earned the title of”Hero.”
There are entire books written about it, so I am summarizing here. However, acting scripts plays skits heroes superheroes is that the story line is the same, even though the details could be dramatically different.
The Creative And Call
There are lots of different”calls to adventure” that will jump start a hero’s journey. And we can experience it in a lifetime. In the movie, a few of the instigators were physical challenges like a crazy skateboarding trick. Sometimes they are thrust upon you, like a severe medical illness or tragic experience. There can be geographical separation, like moving to a new location, culture or country. Or a different sort of separation, such as losing a job or a relationship.