Stories are powerful ways to communicate, indeed in my work I often encourage people to consider using ‘narrative’ to engage others more effectively.
But stories can be damaging and disempowering, especially ‘hero’ stories when essential elements of the original message are lost and forgotten:
The Jungian analysts, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, have summarised this problem within contemporary Western culture as our desperate reliance on heroes to solve our current crises.
These stories of heroism have been misinterpreted to not only create an interpassivity among some, as they wait for salvation, but also lead others into a language of war, in which humanity attacks, conquers and dominates the hostile natural world. Self-proclaimed heroes look to expand their dominion over the planet and exploit resources in the name of saving humanity.
more here: Save the hero, save the world | Positive News.