Hero and Heroine
In this overpoweringly humdrum existence, alas, there is little out of the ordinary that is healthy, and not much room for conspicuous heroism. Not that heroic demands are never put to us: on the contrary—and this is just what is so irritating and irksome—the banal everyday makes banal demands upon our patience, our devotion, our perseverance, self-sacrifice; and for us to fulfill these demands (as we must) humbly and without courting applause through heroic gestures, a heroism is needed that cannot be seen from the outside. It does not glitter, is not be lauded, and it always seeks concealment in everyday attire.
When we think of heroes, we think of the great figures of world myths. We think of the Greek heroes – Hercules, Achilles, and many others – or the war heroes, some known and revered and others unknown but equally heroic.
Myths, fairy tales and literature are full of images of the hero or heroine. Joseph Campbell dedicated a book to the study of the figure of the heroes as they appear all over the world and found out that they share common characteristics. It suggests an archetypal basis. We all have, inside our psyche, the archetype of the hero.
We are all heroes. When we think about heroes, we think about more than human figures. But, in our daily lives we are being called to be heroes every time, as Jung so rightly says in the opening of this page.