can’t predict what a myth is going to be any more than you can predict
what you’re going to dream tonight. Myths and dream come from the same
place. They come from realizations of some kind that have then to find
expression in symbolic form. And the only myth that is going to be worth
thinking about in the immediate future is one that is talking about the
planet, not the city, not these people, but the planet and everybody on
it. That’s my main thought for what the future of myth is going to be.
"And what it will have to deal with will be exactly what all myths have
dealt with—the maturation of the individual, from dependency through
adulthood, through maturity, and then to exit; and then how to relate to
this society and how to relate this society to the world of nature and
the cosmos. That’s what the myths have all talked about, and what this
one’s got to talk about. But the society that it’s got to talk about is
the society of the planet. And until that gets going, you don’t have
"When you see the earth from the moon, you don’t see
any divisions of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really,
for the new mythology to come. That is the country we are celebrating.
And those are the people we are one with."
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)