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How A Hero Is Born




"Every time a society is ill, she gives birth to a Hero" - Dr. Sanjeev

Political turmoil in a society sparks the need for a mythical hero archetype


This is a sentiment echoed in the famous verse by the mentor archetype of the Mahabharat, 'Krishna' who says ,


"Yadha Yadha hi Dharmasya Glanirbhavati bharata, Abhuttanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham"

Translating as " I (the divine archetype) incarnate each and every time there is chaos in the order of the collective, and I shall be born to lead the collective back into order "


Every time there is social disarray of any sort, a systemic pressure inspires the collective to create an archetypal hero for each generation... To represent the aspirations of the collective...

The aspiration for hope and order in the midst of chaos.


When Greece needed to face it's Roman invaders their art form reflected warrior archetypes to face the invasion...

Sparking myths that inspired the soldiers of Sparta to face battle despite being outnumbered 10:1 (captured in the movie 300)


When Germany lost the first world War , a visionary archetype was activated to unite the people...

But the shadow of that visionary leader led to more hurt for the collective despite the promising leadership shown by Hitler....


That is how Fascism was born to invoke dominance at the face of subservience and forced submission...


In the post colonial India facing exploitation, a different kind of revival was needed.. A mentor archetype emerged in the collective and one man called Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi responded to the Clarion call... And gave mentorship to the rising rebellion archetypes in India to coronate their struggle with victory through the path of non violence...


Meanwhile in a capitalistic Dreamland called the America when the nightmare of post war recession hit the nation, a new voice of hope was needed... And this time the hero archetype surfaced not as a real person.. But in the universe of comic art...

Super man was born because children needed an image of hope to look up to...


In a very similar way with gender disparity and escalating tensions in a post Covid Asian world where we are skeptical about the dependency between countries, and even questioning patriarchal gender roles, a new female hero archetype is seeming to surface today...


In the landscape of Disney animated movies like Frozen, and this upcoming film I've shared above... "Raya the last Dragon" , a new hope is being seeded for our young...

For them to have strong female characters as the protagonist...

And the film seeking it's story line from cultural roots of South Asia gives us a new found face to rekindle our relationship with our own long lost glorious culture ...

Or as Carl Jung would call it- the death and rebirth archetype of the Phoenix symbol.


Good times ahead :)


- Dr. Sanjeev

( Your Growth Story)


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