Jung’s Archetypes and the Commoner

So, I see jungian archetypes as programming code. For each role we play, we have a script written in our DNA. It’s really funny to observe that in each interaction we have with the world, we fire an automatic response according to the archetype we (probably, at some unconscious level, chose to run) play. 

“People need to be controlled and ruled!” (THE RULER)

 “I must protect the weak.” (THE WARRIOR)

“I survived because I am tougher than the others.” (THE ORPHAN)

“I must help others.” (THE CAREGIVER)

“Love is the way.” (THE LOVER)

“I feel the need to get away and see the world.” (THE SEEKER)

“I live simply and believe in good.” (THE INNOCENT)

“Let it all go and move on.” (THE DESTROYER)

“I am the creator of my reality.” (THE CREATOR)

“I can turn lead into gold, bring light to darkness.” (THE MAGICIAN)

“I can see the unseen, understand the mysteries of life.” (THE SAGE)

“It’s always a good time to have fun.” (THE JESTER)
I confess, I realize that I’ve played all these archetypes. It is easy for me to see this when I read my older writings. 

These roles make each and every story ever written, of each and every genre since the beginning of time. 


… there is one role

… the thirteenth, I guess

… no one ever have given any attention to

… it is played by the large majority of individuals

… it is usually regarded as low intelligence and strength

… it is highly used, abused, made fun of by all other “superior” roles

… and, the best part is …

… it just might hide the very secret of joy of living. 
Can you guess who that is?
Yes, the commoner. You’ve got it (because you are really smart 🙂

The one who the ruler wants to rule, the warrior wants to protect, the orphan wants to overcome, the innocent wants to deny, the caregiver wants to help, the seeker wants to not see, the lover wants to depend to, the destroyer wants to destroy, the creator wants to forget, the magician wants to change, the jester wants to make fun of. 

The commoner is the crowd, the mass, the extras, the silent stupid short affordable stage appearance. 

The commoner creates the problems for the ruler or caregiver to solve.

The commoner does not know so needs to be taught by the sage.

The commoner is lonely so needs to be loved.

The commoner is common so deserves no attention.

And yet, the commoner is the only one who IS ALIVE. 

Perhaps because he doesn’t try to be something else than common all pervasive Aliveness. 

He just sits back and watches the play. 

While he feels utterly Alive. 

Text: Andreea Garden, April 2016

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