Hero’s Journey Origins
The hero’s journey is a very common structure that has been found in mythological stories around the world.
It’s believed that the hero’s journey structure was a precursor to modern religions.
Modern religions can be seen as metaphysical or mythical guidelines or moral codes on how to live an thrive in an organized, post agricultural society.
Precursor To Religion
The hero’s journey is thought to be a similar mythical structure that served many purposes for ancient hunter gatherers.
It gave ancient hunters imaginary role models to help them as they transitioned from kids to adults.
The hero’s journey is in three basic parts.
Everybody Is An Orphan
The first stage is the orphan stage.
Even most modern heroes start out as orphans.
PT Barnum famously said there is a sucker born every minute.
Everybody Is A Sucker
The reason we are suckers is we are willing to believe something that is to good to be true.
That comes in the form of getting something without having to pay the normal costs.
Health, money, love, sex, these are all things we humans will always crave.
They are also things associated with plenty of costs.
Everybody Loves A Shortcut
So when we think there is a shortcut to money, or sex, or health, it’s too good to pass up, even though it’s also too good to true.
Most Hollywood blockbusters, even they aren’t traditional hero based movies, follow the hero’s journey structure perfectly.
They start off with a character who is safe but bored.
They crave adventure, but they are too scared to pursue it on their own.
Nobody Goes Willingly
They almost always need some external factor that forces them out of their comfort zone and on their journey, even if it’s an internal one, an intellectual one of discovery, or even a romantic one.
The pied piper is a very famous story.
It’s been around since at least the 1300’s, which is around the time of the black death.
There are many interpretations, but it’s actually pretty simple
Too Many Rats
This town had a bunch of rats.
Rats, at that time, meant death.
In reality, the black death was caused by the fleas on the rats.
But in the middle ages, all they knew was that more rats meant more death.
So as the story goes, a small town had a bunch of rats.
This meant that if they didn’t do something soon, they would die.
So this flute player came in, and promised everybody he’d take care of the rat problem.
He didn’t tell them how much it would cost, but he said he’d come back when he was done to collect his money.
He played his magic flute and led all the rats out of the town, effectively saving them.
He came back and asked for his payment.
The town decided they didn’t want to pay him.
They figured since he’d already solved their problem, they would just refuse to pay, and he’d have no choice but to leave.
Of course, he didn’t do that.
Say Bye, Kids
He used his magic flute and lured all the children away from the town.
You can apply many morals to this story.
That if some guy comes out of nowhere promising you magic, you might want to negotiate before hand, so you know what you’re paying for what you’re getting.
The Dismal Science
Or the moral could be that everything costs something.
Or you can pay now, or you can pay later.
But the longer you defer the payments, the more costly they are going to be.
Or perhaps this moral is that the more you think you are getting something for free, the more it will it cost you in the end.
Or the more you negotiate up front, and agree with the costs up front, the cheaper and more beneficial it will be.
Of course, nobody really knows.
Stories tend to take on a life of their own.
The more you listen to these stories, the more you can apply your own meaning to this in your own way.
So you can take this to mean pretty much anything you want.
All humans, and all animals, are programmed with an ROI instinct.
We want to get as much as we can, by providing as little as possible.
We all want to buy more things for cheaper prices.
We want to get results for less effort.
Enter The Shortcut Promise
Which is why PT Barum style scams are so compelling.
If it really were possible to get money without effort, to get sex without effort, to lose weight while you sleep, that would be fantastic.
But everything costs something.
On The Road
Once the hero is forced out of his comfort zone, or the orphan phase, he is then on what they call the wandering phase.
During the wandering phase, he meets new friends.
He is able to develop new skills.
He is able to start to figure out your purpose.
And he starts to realize who he must battle.
Can’t Avoid The Showdown
The final phase, the warrior phase, is when the hero, the villain, the audience, everybody knows there is a big fight coming.
Everybody knows that soon, good must battle evil.
When all things come together in the end.
This is the story that inspired ancient humans tens of thousands of years ago.
And this is the story that must inspire you today, if you are to succeed.
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