We like our heroes to be without vulnerability. How heroic is that??? You couldn't help being a hero without vulnerability! Anybody could be Jesus as God's only son. Try it without those super genes! Different story. And while we are on that story, what is it about God demanding the sacrifice of (his) only son in order that (he) might be appeased? Does anybody else see how crazy this is? This is the story the church invented to give it the power of mediating the forgiveness/grace of God upon those it deemed to be worthy, as it played the bribery (heaven), extortion (hell) hustle from that point on to this very day. Another reason to ditch the church and become Jesus without the genes! Becoming Jesus without the genes is embracing vulnerability as did the one who was born in a manger, came from Nazareth of all places, (Nothing good came from Nazareth, you know. Nazareth was at the bottom of all of the shit-hole places of the day), and died on a cross. That is the kind of hero the world needs more of! That kind of hero simply goes through life doing what needs to be done, when and where it needs to be done (Which is always here and now!), the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, with no idea of profiting in any way from having done it. Doing that throughout our life is the heroic task! Think it's easy? Hop on its back and tell them to open the chute. See how long you last before you start looking for what's in it for you.
People have ideas for my life that don't dovetail with my ideas for my life. My brother leads the way with the perfect response to that situation. He says simply, "That's a terrible idea, and I'm not going to do it!" Beautiful. Of course, he is well-grounded in who he is, and isn't concerned about taking care of people who are old enough to take care of themselves, and isn't interested in being moved beyond himself without good cause, like, "The building is on fire, and we have to get out of here!" And, it helps to be well-suited for the life you are living, and at peace with your particular order of the day in a regimen that serves your balance and harmony, and sustains your spirit, energy and vitality. Anything that disturbs the order and disrupts the flow, is a terrible idea, and I'm not going to do it-- without exceptionally good cause.
Blackmail, extortion and bribery are the three most popular ways of forcing people to do what you want them to do. The mob uses all of them as the occasion demands. So does the church. "If you don't do what I say do, I'm going to tell God, and ask him to punish you with the Plagues of Egypt." "If you don't do what I say do, you are going to hell where you will burn forever." "If you do what I say do, you will go to heaven when you die and enjoy all of the pleasures of the realm forever." And then there are the tools of excommunication, shunning, the rack, and burning at the stake tucked away in its repertoire, just for good measure. The church is a formidable force for good in the world. You wouldn't want to mess with the church, any more than you would want to cross ways with the mob. I recommend keeping your distance, and hope it doesn't come knocking on your door.
Carl Jung said, “The development of personality means fidelity to the law of one’s own being.” And, “It is the individual’s task to differentiate themselves from all the others and stand on their own feet.” And, “Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.” We wake up by realizing there is the Me and the Not Me, and that we are here to serve the Me in ways that take the Not Me into account, harmonize the opposites, integrate the contradictions, compromise with the mutually exclusive options before us in the moment-by-moment situations of life as they arise, and make the peace by being what is called for, when it is called for, how it is called for, and consciously bearing the pain/agony/anguish of the contraries our whole life long. We are the point at which Psyche/Soul/Mind/Tao meet the world of concrete, actual, tangible, factual, apparent reality. It is our place to make it work. This is the task of being human. And we think it is about getting our way and having it made. The law of our own being has to be acknowledged, honored, revered and served. All of the symbols of mythology and religion fit into this scenario to assist us with the work that is to be done. It is our place to translate them into the language of the times, finding the equivalencies and honoring the wisdom lodged in them through time immemorial.