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Brave Heart

s-anthony
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9/14/2014 12:17:58 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
In the heroes journey, the hero is faced with a dilemma to defeat the dragon and rescue the maiden or to forego the fearful ordeal and live alone. In one scenario, there is the possibility of losing his life by being devoured by the fiery jaws of death; in the other scenario, the hero must live alone with an unfulfilled life.

The question which warrants our attention is this: What is it about the maiden which deserves such a heroic sacrifice? It is her beauty? Her seducing eyes? Her soft touch and gentle demeanour? Would the hero risk life and limb for the seductive charms of a young maiden? Or, is there something more intrigueing about her? I believe the hero is broken. He is incomplete. He is merely one side of the equation. The hero is looking for that which he is not. Something to counterbalance his ego. Without the maiden, his life is meaningless. He has no mission or calling.

So, with great vulnerability and an emboldened heart, the hero knowing his weaknesses braves the dreadful ferociousness of the dragon. It is either find meaning, and purpose, or die trying. It is with great fear, courage is born. In the face of adversity, the heart is tested by an unquenchable fire. Life for the hero is not meant to be lived apart from trials. The hero must bleed if he would live, and with his blood, he sows the field with hope and promise for an enduring reward.
AnDoctuir
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9/14/2014 12:22:11 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I like it. Most people are just nuttily selfish cunts trying to replace their mothers (or fathers) though.
s-anthony
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9/14/2014 8:01:45 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/14/2014 12:22:11 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I like it. Most people are just nuttily selfish cunts trying to replace their mothers (or fathers) though.

Even though this could apply to romantic relationships, in the hero's journey, the hero is the ego and the maiden is the subconscious mind. As the hero tries to recover the dark side of himself, he puts his own identity at risk; the ego becomes weaker. In some versions of the heroes' journey, the hero must be swallowed by death, or the dragon, in order to rescue the maiden. Christ is a type of hero; he is swallowed by death; he descends into the cave; and, he returns not as merely Man but as the God-man, or Man imbued with the divine spirit. In Jungian psychology, the ego, or intellect, is masculine and the emotive complex, or heart, is feminine. The goal is not to be ruled by the intellect or the heart, but both.
AnDoctuir
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9/14/2014 11:15:49 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/14/2014 8:01:45 AM, s-anthony wrote:
At 9/14/2014 12:22:11 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I like it. Most people are just nuttily selfish cunts trying to replace their mothers (or fathers) though.

Even though this could apply to romantic relationships, in the hero's journey, the hero is the ego and the maiden is the subconscious mind. As the hero tries to recover the dark side of himself, he puts his own identity at risk; the ego becomes weaker. In some versions of the heroes' journey, the hero must be swallowed by death, or the dragon, in order to rescue the maiden. Christ is a type of hero; he is swallowed by death; he descends into the cave; and, he returns not as merely Man but as the God-man, or Man imbued with the divine spirit. In Jungian psychology, the ego, or intellect, is masculine and the emotive complex, or heart, is feminine. The goal is not to be ruled by the intellect or the heart, but both.

Yes, I realised this.
fazz
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9/14/2014 11:42:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/14/2014 8:01:45 AM, s-anthony wrote:
At 9/14/2014 12:22:11 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I like it. Most people are just nuttily selfish cunts trying to replace their mothers (or fathers) though.

In Jungian psychology, the ego, or intellect, is masculine and the emotive complex, or heart, is feminine. The goal is not to be ruled by the intellect or the heart, but both.

Yes but, Western thought is divided up along the lines of body and mind. The intellect (mind) always takes preference to the body. This duality of modern man divides his soul.

There is no balance.
s-anthony
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9/14/2014 10:04:18 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/14/2014 11:42:43 AM, fazz wrote:
At 9/14/2014 8:01:45 AM, s-anthony wrote:
At 9/14/2014 12:22:11 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I like it. Most people are just nuttily selfish cunts trying to replace their mothers (or fathers) though.

In Jungian psychology, the ego, or intellect, is masculine and the emotive complex, or heart, is feminine. The goal is not to be ruled by the intellect or the heart, but both.

Yes but, Western thought is divided up along the lines of body and mind. The intellect (mind) always takes preference to the body. This duality of modern man divides his soul.

There is no balance.

St. Paul or whoever wrote the writings we attribute to St. Paul calls this the carnal mind, a mind obsessed with the needs of the body, or materialism. He goes on to pit the flesh against the spirit, mortifying the body, or sacrificing its needs, to meet the needs of the spirit. However, the goal is not to create a division between the two but to bring reconciliation, a joining of the two into one.

Even though we will always favor one over the other, in order to bring some semblance of balance to our lives, there must be an attempt at mediation. Life is a struggle between physical and emotional needs; contentment is lost if one's needs are met at the neglect of the other.