On Proposition 8,

Amendment 2, and Proposition 102, and every civil rights bill ever brought forward. It’s most relevant to the marriage issue, but it does apply to the others.

This passage from Joseph W. Campbell1 struck me:

The tribal ceremonies of birth, initiation, marriage, burial, installation, and so forth, serve to translate the individual’s life-crises and life-deeds into classic, impersonal forms. They disclose him to himself, not as this personality or that, but as the warrior, the bride, the widow, the priest, the chieftain; at the same time rehearsing for the rest of the community the old lesson of the archetypal stages. All participate in the ceremonial according to rank and function. The whole society becomes visible to itself as an imperishable living unit. Generations of individuals pass, like anonymous cells from a living body, but the sustaining, timeless form remains. By an enlargement of vision to embrace this superindividual, each discovers himself enhanced, enriched, supported, and magnified. His role, however unimpressive, is seen to be intrinsic to the beautiful festival-image of man — the image, potential yet necessarily inhibited, within himself.

Social duties continue the lesson of the festival into normal, everyday existence and the individual is validated still. . . .

Rites of initiation and installation, then, teach the lesson of the essential oneness of the individual and the group. . . .

This is what we’re fighting for.

[Reprinted from Hunter at Random.]

  1. Joseph W. Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces. New World Library, 2008, p. 331. []
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