When Campbell is explaining what he means by “the journey inward,” he emphasizes finding what’s already inside of you, tapping into the goodness, the magic, the bravery that you already possess — like Dorothy with her ruby slippers.
Campbell sees womanhood, even more than manhood with its history of war and scholarship and theology, as inextricable from parenthood.
Academically, I see a lot of problems with that line of thinking. Being a mom does feel like the most important thing I’ve ever done. I felt more certain with each year I spent in the classroom trying my best to care for, guide, instruct other people’s children that what I really wanted was to be a mother myself.
I was raised in a church-going family, but formal groups of any kind have always made me uneasy.
Still, I believe in being a good person, in striving always to be kinder, gentler, more patient, more generous.