This Greek God Takes On A Lesser Role
The archetype represented by Apollo — the good looking, corner-office seeking, buff dude — is off to see different times. As diversity is increasing even among the male member of the species, Apollo’s model is being diluted by “more human and accepting” designs for men.
Men who are artists, caregivers and seekers of compassion are on the upswing. It’s OK if you don’t believe me: it’s hard to fathom.
The inspiration for this post comes from the work of Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., a Jungian analyst, writer and provocateur. In her 1983 publication Gods in Everyman, Dr. Bolen offers men a new perspective: we don’t have to compete, claw and climb: we can follow our soul’s desire to be nurturing and supportive without losing our identities.
What does this have to do with divorce? Well, the kind souls (men) who are navigating the bumpy road of marital dissolution don’t have to be “bad guys” anymore; they can be kind and understanding. Especially to their children who, often, are reeling from the experience.
Apollo is the embodiment of masculine attitude that observes and acts from a distance. As god, archetype, and man, he “shines;” he was the most important son of Zeus and his attributes lead to success within a patriarchy. He is very much at home in the sky realm of intellect, will, and mind.
Other archetypes represented by gods like Hephaestus, the handicapped “god of the forge” and creativity, or Dionysus, both gods with low self-esteem, have a chance to see the light of day. Men who are more artists and caregivers finally have some sway, in the culture of the United States anyway.
These artists could be using a keyboard instead of a brush. Or, working their artistry with words as writers.
For the sake of the world and the children, this change has to be a welcome one even if the Courts and the lawyers don’t quite know what to do with those women who are more interested in peace than war. More interested in fairness than greed: we’re right on the cusp of something bold and new.