The American Leadership Archetype

12 Oct

The American Leader Archetype: The Statue of Liberty

ar·che·type

[ahr-ki-tahyp]  

noun

1. the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
2. (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.

Taken from Dictionary.com

The following description of our idealized American leadership archetype come from “Lady of the Island” by Marcy Heidish:

“…The Statue of Liberty seems always to have belonged to the citizens of the United States. More intimately than any other symbol, she tells us who we are – and who we ought to be. In her face, we recognize our best traits: courage, compassion, wisdom, hope. In her stance, we recognize our best selves: kind, confident, unbiased, strong. Alone, surrounded by water, she personifies the ideal of individualism. Arm raised, aglow, she epitomizes the belief in progress for all who seek it. A lighthouse, she says what beacons have always said: safe journey, land ho, welcome home.

Lady Liberty was inspired by Egyptian monuments and French paintings, by Roman goddesses and the Colossus of Rhodes. She is Minerva and Madonna, Mother Nature and Mother Earth. Like the people of the United States, she is an amalgam; like most of us, she came from somewhere else. Now she seems to rise not just for recent immigrants but for everyone who has ever come to the United States.

And in the end, beyond analysis, beyond the words written to her and for her and on her, she endures – somehow a little taller than she was a century ago. She has been through more; we have been through more. Together we have survived. That shared history has made her matter to us more.”

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