To be complete, men need all four aspects – so argues Richard Rohr in Adam’s Return. His research into male archetypes and cultural initiation through history and around the world, integrated with his Franciscan Christian vision of life has inspired this post.
Not in the sense of committing violence but there are things in life worth fighting for.
If there is no fight in a person, perhaps there is a spiritual vulnerability.
When we have deep commitments and convictions then we fight with all our might, through determined actions, strong words, unstoppable perseverance.
The wise man does not boast of his learning nor is he just about analysis, logic, science or art.
The wise man sees into the heart of other lives, sees into the heart of life itself.
The wise man knows about silence, nature, time, death.
The wise man offers perspective, guidance, insight for each distinctive situation.
To have no heart is to be incomplete.
The lover has a soul that feels with both passion and compassion.
The lover also sees beyond sexuality, though sexuality is expressed partly through his love.
The lover also knows that love is for the natural world, love is to nurture children, love is for God.
The king is not driven by ego, lust for power or the need to control.
The king is a person of charisma and strength.
The king brings stability and calm, generosity and order.
This archetype integrates the others: a soul so in command of self that others can be seen as they truly are (and truly could be).
The king offers a benevolent authority – a leadership that clarifies, helps and genuinely guides others for their own long-term good.
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About being a man
And so we now