I haven’t visited Twitter in over a month, and yet some of the latest Twitter drama still managed to reach me in this tiny hippie village at the southmost corner of Europe. As far as I’ve heard, today’s main hero of the timeline is someone whose reading list turned out to be “too basic” for the critics’ sophisticated tastes.
I needed to hear this. Thanks
Great piece! My favorite "normie" is Odysseus. He travelled the known world and fought fierce battles, survived feuds with a noble back and cool head,
and at the end he returned to Ithaca where his noble and faithful wife awaited.
It really is the most beautiful tale.
There is something to say about the fact that the grandmothers hero’s journey IS to become a grandmother. And you’re right in the middle of it.￼ (:
I like ‘normie’ but I don’t buy it with the ‘ordinary normie’. I think you can be wise normie, normie who secretly has heron marked sword(like Rand Al Thor’s stepfather), normie who can sing magic songs that harmonise the household proper, alchemist normie, noble normie
Here’s another very good argument on the very similar theme - nobility https://vividness.live/nobility
Amazing Maria. 👏🏼
I underwrite this 100%, it’s been exactly my reasoning for starting my substack almost a year ago.
This is why it is a shame that the Scouring the Shire was not adapted into the Lotr movies, leaving the most famous archetypal hero's journey in pop culture without the necessary return to the village.
The journey isn't over when you return, you still need to fight tooth and nail, but the reward of integrating your wisdom into your community will be manifold.
Something Tolkien realized that follow-up acts have forgotten.
The funny thing is that I thought I became uninteresting on Twitter after I got married and didn't have "interesting insights" to share anymore that hadn't already been said by tons of people. But your post made me rethink that... in many ways marriage is a radical decision, and full of adventure and I could still share what I wish my younger self would have liked to know