Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

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Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

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Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

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Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

Why are we drawn to stories about heroic journeys? According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, it's personal: "[The journey] is a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo."

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The Hero's Journey

From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars — why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? This hour, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey.

"There is a certain typical sequence of actions which can be detected in stories from all over the world and from many periods of history." — Joseph Campbell jemimus/Flickr hide caption

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What Is The Blueprint For Stories About Heroes?

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"I made my mind up there and then that one day, somehow, I was going to sail around the world." — Dame Ellen MacArthur Bret Hartman/TED hide caption

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How Does A Hero's Journey Begin?

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Cantina Band #2 London Symphony Orchestra

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How Can Mentors Turn An Uncertain Journey Into A Heroic One?

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"We started the school day ... with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag — looking out the window I could see the barbed wire fence and the sentry tower right there — as I recited the words 'with liberty and justice for all.'" — George Takei Courtesy of TEDxKyoto hide caption

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Is Forgiveness The Ultimate Test?

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Tales Of A Jedi Knight (Luke's Theme) The Andrew Allen Trio

"I was honest with myself about ... not ever putting myself at risk to be in anybody's institution or prison." — Ismael Nazario Courtesy of TEDxNewYork hide caption

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How Does A Rikers Inmate Become a Hero?

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"I think everyone has the capacity to do things within them that maybe they are not aware of — or maybe only have to do in difficult circumstances." — Dame Ellen MacArthur Bret Hartman/TED hide caption

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How Does The Journey Change The Hero?

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Going On A Journey Dutch Tilders