In modern times the “old ways” are glaringly absent, dismissing indigenous old ways as superstition or primitive, having little relevance to an automated life prescribed by consumerism. There is a creeping numbness that overcomes large numbers of people who live life as victims. A burden to themselves and the community. Lacking the inner resources developed from living a meaningful life we often nurture a negative picture of ourselves, which becomes a self-fulfilling philosophy. With that belief system then we are forced to look outside of ourselves for deliverance. (1)
The government should or must. Should and must are bothe the names of Giants. (See the list of “Giants” names below.) Someone else must be the heroic person who will set things right, instead of embarking upon the journey of self-discovery and pushing through ourselves. Even the archetypal experience of physical birth, our first initiation, our first experience of having to push through, has been diluted by fear of pain, putting our safety into the hands of “those who know better”, by convenience (gynecologist has booked a holiday in Mauritius next week so I need to caesar you this week). Has this set the model for the rest of our lives? Stan Groff believes so.
“I suspect it was…the old story of the implacable necessity of a man having honour within his own natural spirit. A man cannot live and temper his mettle without such honour. There is deep within him a sense of the heroic quest. Our modern way of life, with its emphasis on security, its distrust of the unknown and its elevation of the abstract collective has repressed the heroic impulsive to a degree that may produce the most dangerous consequences”. Laurens van der Post, Heart of the Hunter.
The missing father by James hillman “Rag and bone shop of the heart”.