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THE YEARNING FOR PARADISE

Stability Belonging

Independence Mastery

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the prison-house begin to close/Upon the growing boy . . . At length the man perceives it die away,/And fade into the light of common day.” By the end of the poem, however, Wordsworth recaptures spiritual rapture on the mountaintop and feels as if he has reentered paradise. In fact, many consumers today do live in a kind of paradise. In material terms, we currently enjoy greater affluence than humankind has ever known. Yet happiness evades many of us because consciousness has not kept up with our material advantages. We have so many choices, in terms of how to pursue our individual destinies, but so few guideposts to help us find the way. That is why archetypes and archetypal stories that provide a road map for self-actualization are more relevant than ever before. The three archetypes that are central to this chapter provide different strategies for the pursuit of fulfillment. The Innocent is a bit like the lovely little child or the wise mystic, filled with wonder at the beauty of it all, still believing it is possible to live in paradise right now. At the lower levels of the archetype, people feel that this is their birthright and therefore become angry when life seems to let them down. At a higher level, the Innocent makes choices for a simpler, more values-driven life and moves into paradise by acting on this decision. We see the Innocent’s consciousness in society today in the strong desire parents have to make their children’s lives perfect—to deny them nothing, to require little of them, and to allow them to express themselves as free spirits. We also see it in the revival in the 1990s

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Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

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