The entertainment industry is a kajillion dollar a year industry.
Movies, books, TV shows, music, etc.
These are sometimes purely “escapism.”
You watch a movie that has no bearing on reality whatsoever.
But at least for a couple hours, you can forget about life.
This is why Marvel Movies make billions of dollars.
Pure fantasy fun.
But some movies are much deeper.
Sticks In Your Brain
The kind you can’t stop thinking about after you watch them.
The kind you can’t stop talking about.
I remember way back when the Harry Potter books were still coming out.
I jumped on the bandwagon when they were on book three or four.
That was a very enjoyable cultural event.
All you had to do was hang out in public, reading a Harry Potter book and you’d make fast friends.
Somebody would see you reading, and mentioned they had finished the book up to that one, and a Harry Potter based conversation would ensue.
I’d hang out at a bunch of restaurants, during the off hours, taking my time reading one and invariably a waitress would notice and off we’d go.
Even dudes on the radio would be talking about what might happen in the next book.
Harry Potter follows the hero’s journey story very, very closely.
In fact, one of my friends finally watched the first movies, just to see what the fuss was about.
“Dude, it’s Star Wars.”
Young kid, has skills he doesn’t know about.
Learns these skills (Jedi vs. magic) meets friends and kills some bad guy.
Plenty of Hero’s follow this template.
Orphans who are forced onto an epic journey where they need to dig deep and bring out their skills.
Make some friends, master their skills, kill the bad guy.
Why do all these stories have this same structure?
Why do we LOVE stories that have this structure?
Necessary For Survival
Imagine being an ancient caveman.
A young kid growing up in a hunter gatherer society.
Eventually, it’s going to be time for you to stop being a kid, and RECEIVING food from others.
When this day comes, you need to get out there and KILL something.
This would be very, very terrifying.
So consider the idea that these ancient “hero’s journey” stories served to help us.
So when the kid went out trying to find and kill a big animal, they could IMAGINE they were the caveman version of Luke Skywalker going after the Death Star.
Or Harry Potter facing down Voldemort.
Having a collection of heroic archetypes in your brain will help you kill the monsters.
Real monsters, like wooly mammoths.
So you can your people can survive another month or two.
Or metaphorical monsters.
The kind we face in real life.
Today we have PLENTY of monsters to face.
But we also have PLENTY of archetypes to help us.
Just waiting to help YOU be the hero.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.