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Myths of the World – Achilles, the loved son

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Myths of the World – Parents and Sons

This is the second of my articles on the psychological lessons of world myths. After a brief introduction, we discussed Icarus, and now Achilles.

Our next articles of this series will be: The Expulsion of Eden, dealing with the increase of consciousness of humanity, and Hephaestus, the rejected son.

When you are young, especially if you were raised by parents that gave you love, you aim for high objectives. You dream high, and you believe your goals are reachable. If your parents adore you, they inculcate into you this idea that you are invincible, that you can get whatever you want from life.

When I was a teenager, I believed I could be a star volleyball player. My aim was to reach the Brazilian National Team. I worked hard, very hard, but didn’t get there. A few years later, having graduated with honor in Engineering, my goal was to become a millionaire. I cannot complain about my achievements in life, but I did not get even close to be a millionaire.

With the passing of years, you tend to adjust your high goal to ones more realistic. But many, after knowing that they failed their unrealistic dreams, tend to expect their offspring to realize their dreams. This is a burden that the sons may have to carry, many times unwittingly.

The world myths, these great psychological teachers, show us, when understood metaphorically, what are the consequences of parents burdening their children with dreams that are too heavy for them to carry.

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Tetis, the mother of Aquiles

Thetis, a goddess, married the mortal Peleus. Achilles was the fruit of this union. Tetis was immortal, but Achilles, being the son of a mortal human being, was not, since eternal life was prerogative of the gods. However, Thetis yearned to have an immortal son that could and live with her forever.

Thetis took the baby to the Styx River, whose waters could grant immortality. Holding Achilles by the heel, she immersed him in the waters. As a result, no arrow would ever hurt him, except if it hit the heel, that was not touched by the waters.

As a result, Achilles was the great Greek hero of the Trojan War but was killed early in life by a poisoned arrow aimed at his heel.

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Achilles, probably thinking he was invulnerable, took unnecessary risks and was killed early in life. The conclusion of the story is that parents should not burden their sons with their dreams. Sometimes the outcome may be the opposite of what they hoped for.

 

I am Roberto Lima Netto, and I believe that our objective in life is to be happy and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. I am a writer. Some of my books are “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, “The Jungian Bible“, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness“. I invite you to visit my blog and leave your comments at:  www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.

 

Mitos do Mundo – Pais e Filhos

Este é o segundo artigo em que discutimos as lições que os mitos trazem. Depois de uma breve introdução, falamos sobre Icaro e agora sobre Aquiles.

Quando você é jovem, especialmente se você foi criado por pais que lhe deram muito amor, você sonha com objetivos elevados para sua vida. Você sonha alto demais e acredita que seus objetivos são alcançáveis. Se os seus pais o adoram, eles inculcam em você essa ideia de que você é quase invencível, que você pode obter o que você quer da vida,

Eu me lembro que, quando adolescente, acreditava que poderia ser uma estrela do volei. Meu objetivo era alcançar a seleção nacional. Trabalhei duro, muito duro, mas não cheguei lá. Não tive muito tempo para ficar frustrado pois, alguns anos mais tarde, tendo me formado com honra em Engenharia, meu objetivo era ser milionário. Eu não posso reclamar de minhas conquistas profisionais, mas não cheguei nem perto de ser um milionário.

Com o passar dos anos, você tende a ajustar suas metas para outras mais realistas. Mas muitos, depois de saber que eles não podem reslizar seus sonhos, tendem a esperar que seus filhos sigam seu caminho e atinjam o que você não conseguiu. Este é um fardo que os filhos podem ter que levar pela vida, muitas vezes inconscientemente.

Os mitos mundiais, esses grandes mestres psicológicos, nos mostram, quando entendidos metaforicamente, quais são as consequências de pais sobrecarregam seus filhos com sonhos que não sã deles, e que podem ser demasiado pesados para serem carregados.

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Tetis, mãe de Aquiles

Tétis, uma deusa, se casou com a Peleu, um mortal. Aquiles foi o fruto desta união. Tetis era imortal, mas Aquiles, sendo filho de um ser humano mortal, não podia ser, já que a vida eterna é prerrogativa dos deuses. No entanto, Thetis desejava ter um filho imortal que poderia viver com ela para sempre.

Tétis levou o bebê Aquiles para o rio Stinge, cujas águas poderiam conceder a imortalidade. e, segurando-o pelo calcanhar, ela o mergulhou nas águas. Como resultado, nenhuma seta jamais poderia feri-lo exceto se ele o atingisse no calcanhar, que não fora tocada pelas águas.

Como resultado, Aquiles foi o grande herói grego da Guerra de Tróia, mas foi morto, ainda jovem, por uma flecha envenenada que atingiu seu calcanhar.

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Aquiles, provavelmente pensando que ele era invulnerável, assumiu riscos desnecessários e morreu jovem. A conclusão da história é que os pais não devem sobrecarregar seus filhos com seus sonhos. Às vezes, o resultado pode ser o oposto do que eles esperam.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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  1. “Denn wir haben nicht mit Fleisch und Blut zu kämpfen, sondern mit Fürsten und Gewaltigen, nämlich mit den Herren der Welt, die in der Finsternis dieser Welt herrschen, mit den bösen Geistern unter dem Himmel.”

    ,,Dann rief er die Leute wieder zu sich und sagte: Hört mir alle zu und begreift, was ich sage: Nichts, was von außen in den Menschen hineinkommt, kann ihn unrein machen, sondern was aus dem Menschen herauskommt, das macht ihn unrein.“

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