Mudcat Café message #123451 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #123451
Posted By: MAG (inactive)
13-Oct-99 - 12:53 PM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
If all of the anecdotes are true, yeah, he comes off the pedestal.

I am generally a bit skeptical of anecdotes which surface after someone dies.

On another list to which I belong, someone was spreading a load of malarky about Kinsey (of The Kinsey Report), 30 years after the man's death, in order to discredit his scientific research into human sexuality. They shut up when I pointed out how these stories surfaced when there was no one left who could verify them. (About the same amount of time, incidentally, between the death of Jesus and the writing down of his miracle stories.)

I'm not saying this is what happened with Campbell, only that it will take a careful objective look at all the evidence before the jury is in.

Sme have tried to "prove" that Carl Jung did not write *Dreams, Memories, and Reflections.* A careful look at the evidence by Jung scholars confirms that he did indeed write the material, with minor posthumous editing by his secretary. There is some evidence that he was not a very nice person, which doesn't invalidate his brilliant insights into the human psyche. (Kinda like some folk musicians whose work you admire, but wouldn't be friends with.)