Into the Unknown

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step," wrote the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, as sage advice to fellow travelers on the Taoist path. The renowned mythol-ogist Joseph Campbell often referred to the first stage of "the Hero's Journey" as "the call to adventure," a step that all of us must take, many times in the course of our lives. The cautious first step into the unknown, however, is typically accompanied by fear—so much so, that it can immobilize us, make us want to refuse the call, rather than answer it. This part highlights our departure from the known into the unknown, from the familiar to the unbalanced brave new world we now find ourselves in, and the common dangers of getting stuck or lost on the way.

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