Every hero starts out as an orphan.
Why is this?
A common question about “why things are like is” in the form of:
Why did they make it this way?
This basic question, the structure of the question, reveals a lot about human nature.
Namely, we always assume there is a “they” behind everything.
Some authoritative group of people.
The original architects of society.
But suppose there weren’t any original architects.
This goes against most religious teachings.
That there exists some collection of gods.
Obey The Gods
Gods we can’t see or interact with, only that we know they are there.
And there are special people in the world that are the ones that speak on god’s behalf.
This feels very comfortable.
It feels very safe and familiar.
But let’s consider the orphan part of the hero’s journey.
Why are they always orphans in the beginning?
Luke Skywalker, Peter Parker, Dorothy, Harry Potter, Chuck Bartowski, Clarice from Silence of the Lambs, and on and on.
Think of it from this perspective.
Once upon a time, there were a bunch of ancient cave people.
They told each other stories every night.
And if you were a kid, you grew up listening to a bunch of stories.
So when you were an adult, and it was your turn, WHICH stories, specifically, would you tell?
The ones that were the most entertaining.
The ones that were the most helpful.
The ones that had the most believable characters.
The ones that had the most RELATABLE characters.
Relatable characters you could imagine were with you when you went hunting every day.
So the question might NOT be, “why did they make it this way.”
The question, as far as orphan heroes is, why do we LIKE THOSE stories so much.
What is it about an orphan-hero that makes us IDENTIFY with them so much?
We Are Lost Seekers
Maybe because none of us have a clue?
We ALL feel like orphans of some kind?
Left behind by the gods to fend for ourselves?
For most people, this can leave a hole in their brain.
A hole that needs to be filled by SOME kind of authority figure.
And combined with this authority figure is a way we are SUPPOSED to be have.
That’s the whole reason to refer to authorities.
To be told what to do.
But what if you didn’t really NEED that?
Just like we don’t really need all those extra calories we can’t help shove down our pie holes every day.
Even better, what if you could BE that?
THE authority that everybody is looking for?
Not all the time.
Like a hobby.
What would THAT do for you?
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