There was a time when The Hero Archetype was
exclusively male, but the thing with archetypes is that
they evolve - they become more or less powerful
as shifts occur in human thinking.
There is no lessening of the importance of the male Hero,
it just happens that we live in a balancing time in the
history of humankind.
The archetype that we identify as The Hero
begins her journey by going on a quest,
(in this case she begins by looking for a cure
for a dreadful disease).
(i.e., chemotherapy, radiation),
at great personal cost,
womanhood in many societies).
sacrifice herself for the sake of others,
her identity made public to give courage to other women).
So now that I think I understand
why this remarkable image resonates
I should feel better.
But I don't.
It still makes me uneasy.
Next blog: Confronting the shadow