Patterns of the Fall: Lies, Lance and Life Patterns

Elie Wiesel once commented that the true hero cares more about the spiritual welfare of their community than for their own needs.  So how is it that with the perennial wisdom on heroes taught to us by Wiesel, Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and Marie Louise von Franz, we persist in falsely identifying and projecting this archetypal pattern onto individuals whose frail shoulders will never carry these cultural and spiritual responsibilities?
Is the saga of Lance Armstrong yet another story in ou rcultural and psychological tendency  to glorify and inflate and then take great pleasure in seeing the demise of ourill-fated “heroes”? In part, Armstrong’s story speaks to our illusions and mistaken ideas about the nature of the hero archetype. Unfortunately, these individuals, the great athletes, movie stars, members of the nobility, and all those others ask to carry the (Click here to read the full post...)

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Comment by Hans Gamma on January 29, 2013 at 7:12am

Erich Neumann has interpreted in Cupid and Psyche, the passive type of heroine and described. C.G. Jung has exemplified with his anima, this part of today's heroes. He was ready, people who have been in conflict with their souls, to stand at concomitantly.

Erich Neumann hat in Amor und Psyche, die passive Art einer Heldin gedeutet und beschrieben. C.G. Jung hat mit seiner Anima, diesen Teil eines heutigen Helden vorgelebt. Er war bereit, Menschen die mit ihrer Seele in Konflikt gewesen sind, begleitend bei zu stehen. 

Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on January 29, 2013 at 12:26am

Addicted to Winning


Glad you’ve addressed the growing sense of  annoyance with the Lance Armstrong experience. I’ve grown angrier and more tired of it in recent days, yet all the while unable to erase the memory of Lance’s cold, beast-like face in those last races, in which he appears to me at times, to be something other than human..  Several days ago, I  also  commented upon a relationship to the myth of Icarus as an equivalent example of  what in part may happen when one over reaches, by going higher and higher  in search  of spirit and fame, while avoiding and transcending  the mysterious realm of soul.  


James Hillman, has written extensively about the light-filled realm of spirit, that reaches ever onward, ever  upward into the highest land of puer flights, and hero’s ascents, while steering clear of the deep, dark, complicated, often unrewarding,  psychological realm of soul.


We are part of a global collective. And  many of us, (my hand is raised) are/were addicted to Lance, and his reigning need to win. But maybe, it was that loony armchair wizard, Charlie Sheen, who  said it best, when uttering his now infamous, repetitive aside! Perhaps, as a global collective, we are, each in our own way, a bit like Lance, and just as addicted  to   …..“winning!

Judith Harte


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