We spend our lives looking for meaning, living in a wasteland. The definition of a wasteland is "No meaning anywhere." We have to move. We can't bear the thought of moving. We belong to the wasteland. Joseph Campbell would say, "In the wasteland, nothing is as it appears to be. Nobody is who they say they are. Everything about the wasteland is inauthentic to the core. There is no core in the wasteland, no heart, no soul. It's all smoke and mirrors, pretense and charades, put-ons and play-acting." Everybody in the wasteland is doing what they are supposed to do, what someone else tells them to do. They all are the way they are expected to be. There is no escape. The counter-culture is merely a sub-set of the culture, a culture in-and-of itself. To do it deliberately not like anybody else is to do it like somebody else not doing it like anybody else. Orange hair and tongue piercing are just another way of being cool. It's all from the top down and the outside in. We take our cue for living, for the way we arrange the furniture of our life, from the way someone else is doing it. Individuality is a group affair. Carl Jung said, "A hermit is a primitive person who trusts their unconscious." Lao Tzu said, "A path that can be discerned as a path is not a reliable path." Joseph Campbell said, "The Grail knights thought it would be a disgrace to go forth in a group. so each entered the forest at a point that he, himself, had chosen, where it was darkest, and there was no path.” On the final page of his four volume masterwork on the history of religion/mythology, "The Masks of God," Joseph Campbell said: "The free association of men and women of like spirit ...is in the modern world, the only honest possibility with each the creative center of authority for themselves The individual must anticipate and activate in themselves the centers of their own creative imagination, out of which their own myth and life-building "Yes!" may then unfold. In the end, the guide within will be their own noble heart alone, and the guide without, the image of beauty, the radiance of divinity, that wakes in their heart amor-- the deepest, inmost seed of their nature, at one with the process of transcendence, and live 'as one thus come.' And in this life-creative adventure the criterion of achievement will be, as in every one of the tales herein reviewed, the courage to let go of the past, with its truths, its goals, its dogmas of 'meaning,' and its gifts: to die to the world and to come to birth from within."