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The Hero


Levels of the Hero The Call: the bully kicks sand in your face or someone tries to intimidate or abuse you; a challenge beckons; someone needs you to help defend him or her Level One: the development of boundaries, competence, mastery, expressed through achievement, motivated or tested through competition Level Two: as with a soldier, doing your duty for your country, organization, community, or family Level Three: using your strength, competence, and courage for something that makes a difference to you and to the world Shadow: ruthlessness and obsessive need to win

itive lines and shapes. Hero attires and environments are functional, not lavish. In fact, too much comfort is perceived as dangerous because it can make you soft. The Israeli kibbutz and Army boot camp are each a prime example of an environment that prepares the potential Hero through austerity and hard work. When the Hero archetype is active in individuals, they may be ambitious and seek out challenges—think astronauts, Marines, or athletes—or they may be more reluctant Heroes who recognize an injustice or problem and simply rise to the occasion to do what needs to be done to remedy it. Either way, the Hero is invigorated by challenge, feels outraged by injustice, and responds quickly and decisively to difficulty or opportunity. Heroes pride themselves on discipline, focus, and an ability to make tough choices. They are the instinctive protectors of those they see as innocent, fragile, or legitimately unable to help themselves. (Think of the Hero who rescues the damsel in distress.) All others, they prefer to shape up. In politics, think of Martin Luther King (especially in the “I Have a Dream” speech) inspiring Americans of all races to live up to the cultural ideal of equality of opportunity. Heroes often evince qualities that heighten consciousness in everyone around them. In fact, their secret is who they are, not just what they do. In a recent tribute to Nelson Mandela, he was celebrated for forgiving his jailers after

Profile for Lewis Lafontaine

Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype