emotional intelligence in the individual
An individual when healthy and wise is self-reliant.
That doesn't mean isolated or separated. It means connected. And whole.
We are connected.
Walt Whitman wrote:
“I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.”
The study of mythology is the study of the possibilities of consciousness.
They are limitless.
We are here at play in the garden.
The ascent of man means the ascent of self and the ascent of self means that we must embrace our idiosyncrasies.
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Joseph Campbell said:
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.”
To be an individual means to be connected to the whole. Intimately. And yet to carve out your own path. To own that journey and the beauty of its flame.
In short: it takes guts to be yourself. Wholly so. Unadorned.