I am currently reading a book by Joseph Campbell, originally published in the 1940’s, called The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
The book is a comparison study of the archetypal hero featured in many of the world’s mythologies. Joseph Cambell calls the common story arc between all mythological heroes, the “monomyth“. Each hero embarks upon a journey and must travel through a story-cycle of circumstances and challenges to reach the end of the quest. This is fascinating stuff. And worth thoughtful consideration by all who love the art of story.
Not long ago, a TEDed video was also published which animates the hero’s journey according to the writings of Joseph Campbell.
Coincidentally, all of this “hero contemplation” reminds me of the Foo Fighters.