Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ARCHETYPES STORY

Note: Archetypes are symbolic representations (models/prototypes) of what human beings know in life... great "types" of people and personalities and characterizations that we all have experienced, or even been. The archetypes are in all CAPS below in the story... which ones are you?

Once upon a time there was an innocent CHILD. Her parents were MOTHER, who was both nice and nurturing, but sometimes reacted out of fear, while her FATHER was both protective and gentle but did not always see clearly because he wore very thick glasses.

And every day the FATHER brought home good nourishing food, and the MOTHER cooked it and fed it to the CHILD and husband. They even brought over their FRIEND to eat with them sometimes, the crazy old FOOL who lived next door. They felt sorry for the FOOL because although he was lucky occasionally, he sometimes did not know how to live well or make wise decisions. They would talk and joke and eat healthy food though, and everyone was happy…

Until one day the FOOL invited the CHILD into his house and fed her candy and cake. This made the CHILD sick, but the FOOL told her not to tell her parents because they would get mad at her. The CHILD, in her innocence, and desire for his candy and cake, obeyed him. Because of the desire for candy and cake, the CHILD and the FOOL became secret friends over time, and the FOOL began to sneak poison into the foods to her so that she did not want to eat when she got home. The MOTHER and FATHER began to worry, but the CHILD did as the FOOL had instructed, and she began to tell stories as to why she was not hungry and why she felt so sick. She would even sneak out at night in order to eat poisoned candy and cake when her parents were asleep. The FOOL made the CHILD so sick that her MOTHER and FATHER finally wondered what was happening, and asked the CHILD, but she had been well trained to lie. Out of habit of eating too much poisoned candy and cake, and sneaking into the cupboard to spy some that the MOTHER had hidden, the CHILD asked her FATHER for it. So thinking in a SAVIOR-like flash, he offered to give the CHILD some if she would tell him the truth. She agreed and admitted that the FOOL had been giving her candy and cake all along. After showing his CHILD the candy and cake she had already spied out, but not ever giving her any, the FATHER then told the MOTHER what he had found out. The CHILD was instantly angry at the FATHER. The MOTHER, wanting to know if it was true, asked the FOOL if he had been feeding the child bad food. He admitted he was, because he was a FOOL after all, and so the MOTHER and FATHER banished him from ever coming to their home again, and told the CHILD she could never see the FOOL again. However, the child was still angry at the FATHER over the candy and cake, and she was angry at her MOTHER for keeping her from seeing the FOOL, who was her FRIEND. The poison had warped her mind, and her parents became her ENEMY.

And because of this poisoned mind, the CHILD, and her sudden separation from her FRIEND the FOOL, she became distraught. The FOOL told the authorities what he had done, and the TRICKSTER leader of the authorities asked the CHILD who else had fed her candy and cake, so she said that her FATHER had done so, and that her MOTHER knowingly let him. The TRICKSTER loved chaos and saw this as an opportunity for personal advancement in the Army-of-Ruthless-Sadists (ARS) institution where he worked, since catching two criminals is better than one. He made threats and scared the MOTHER to tears before tricking her into thinking that everything would be okay if she just let him be in control of the situation, and then he wrote a “confession” with special words that sounded self-incriminating and forced the FATHER to sign it, still pretending he was “helping” him.

And because the MOTHER said the FATHER was the HERO, and had used a moment of insight to find out the truth of what was happening to the CHILD by the FOOL, they all thought she was lying, because what kind of FATHER would show a child poisoned candy and cake when he probably actually fed it to her? Due to this the ARS system, and their faith in the authority of TRICKSTER, and the so-called “confession” that the TRICKSTER had devised, the FATHER was imprisoned by the ARS’ own self-serving deeds that “proved” he had fed candy and cake because the CHILD had said so, even though the CHILD had already repented and told the truth to the other co-TRICKSTERS that worked at ARS. They would not have it, as their hatred against the FATHER was too strong, and they believed him to be evil, and believed the MOTHER was bad and that she had convinced the CHILD to repent as a lie. The CHILD had to go live with her GRANDPARENTS, while the MOTHER nearly died from despair and the destruction of her family. She stuck by her husband, the FATHER of their child, and supported him while he was in the ARS prison. This went on and on and nothing ever changed for a few years…

Until finally the MOTHER realized that she was all her daughter had, and that the ARS’ co-TRICKSTER workers would never, ever let the FATHER come home because of their fear and insistence that he would, (supposedly) again, feed the child poisoned candy and cake as the FOOL had done. The FOOL, because he had admitted to the deed, wound up in a serendipitous position and never had to live at the ARS prison. He was free to continue living next door to the MOTHER, who had to move because the ARS and co-TRICKSTERS refused to make the FOOL move instead. They believed in rewarding the FOOL because he had behaved very well and had not fed any other children poisoned candy or cake. The MOTHER was a demon, however, in their eyes, and should pay for her terrible deeds of supporting the evil-incarnate FATHER continually. The leader of all the co-TRICKSTERS even told her she should also be in prison, and if it were up to him she would be.

And every day after that the MOTHER and the CHILD lived alone, and the MOTHER cried over her child, over her lost husband, and over her lost home, but knew that as long as all of the TRICKSTERS at the ARS institution counted on her husband coming home to her and the victim CHILD, they just simply would never let him out of the ARS prison. They would make him rot in there. So she decided she would let go of her fear, and let go of her despair, and let go of her loss, and take her CHILD into her arms, and she moved as far away from her husband – the FATHER of her CHILD – and vowed never to come back again. Her husband was sad and he felt like a MARTYR, but he understood that it sometimes comes to that when one is the HERO or SAVIOR in the story. When those at the ARS institution realized the MOTHER would never again let the FATHER near the CHILD they let him go free.

The End

3 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon!

    Sad, but hopeful story (I assume this is a true story and you are prevented from writing it as it was to avoid legal retaliation?). My imagination is filling in all the blanks - would like to know the story without the archetypes. Would make
    a great screenplay. You are an inspired writer.

    I enjoy your blogs. Where are you living? I am still in Columbus, still playing some music and making my small video films.
    July from Columbus, NM

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  2. Heartbreaking because I know the story is true. True stories like this is why I no longer believe in a personal god. There is only the pattern of the universe that we are too finite to understand. Does it matter where it came from? Not really. If there is a god, he (certainly not a female for females are far seeing and nurturing) is either dead, cares nothing for anything he created, or a sadist. Either way our search for justice and fairness as sentient beings will never be achieved. Law is only a desperate attempt to force individuals to live according the the beliefs of a few, and they vary according to culture, so there really is no universal truth. Even murder and cannibalism, something many of us find abhorrent, is acceptable in various cultures. If there were a god, the FOOL would never have been able to harm the CHILD, and the MOTHER and FATHER would still have a happy little family. The real criminals walk free. My heart aches and bleeds for justice. For truth. But truth will never come, for it has already been told and dismissed by the strong and powerful.

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  3. July: Yes, it is based on a true story. The story with all the gory details will one day be available to read once I finish writing my book. I may finish another book first, however. I am very happily living in beautiful WA state. If you ever ever make it up here I will show you around!

    Knowlege Seeker: The truth - even if relative and not universal - could not have been stated more eloquently, thank you! BTW, there are cultural universals, and one archetypal type story that we commonly find is that those in power tend to abuse that power and victimize the victims... they are called criminals no matter which side of the fence they sit on, but in this country they get "immunity." 'Nuf said.

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