The Vital Revolution

“What I suddenly realized when I recognized that in the Great Seal of the United States there were two of these symbolic triangles interlocked was that we now had thirteen points, for our thirteen original states, and that there were now, furthermore, no less than six apexes, one above, one below, and four (so to say) to the four quarters. The sense of this, it seemed to me might be that from above or below, or from any point of the compass, the creative Word might be heard, which is the great thesis of democracy. Democracy assumes that anybody from any quarter  can speak, and speak truth, because his mind is not cut off from the truth. All he has to do is clear out his passions and then speak.”

Joseph Campbell explaining the pyramid on the dollar bill.

Going on to explain the eye above: “If you’re going to govern properly, you’ve got to govern from the apex of the triangle, in the sense of the world eye on top.”

“Now when I was a boy, we were given George Washington’s farewell address and told to outline the whole thing, every single statement in relation to every other one. So I remember it absolutely. Washington said: As a result of our revolution, we have disengaged ourselves from involvement in the chaos of Europe. His last word was that we not engage in foreign alliances. Well, we held onto his words until the First World War. And then we cancelled the Declaration of Independence and rejoined the British conquest of the planet. And so we are now on one side of the pyramid. We are politically, historically, now a member of one side of an argument. We do not represent the principle of the eye up there. And all of our concerns have to do with economics and politics and not with the voice and sound of reason.”

Joseph Campbell, 1988 from The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

“Our civilization is decadent, and our language – so the argument runs – must inevitably share in the general collapse.”

The ambition of The Vital Revolution is to heighten the concepts discussed by the American people and the world around by reintroducing a romantic and idealistic sense of the sublime into how we see ourselves and each other.

By focusing on the sublime, we may transcend the war-torn histories and crimes against humanity that are commonly accepted as the default mode of human nature and derive a sense of kinship and accomplishment that we haven’t even ventured to imagine before.