Just to be clear on this, when someone tells me that they don’t believe in Father Christmas what they are actually saying is that they don’t believe that there is a single person called Father Christmas. This is akin to saying that one doesn’t believe in money, or liberal democracy, or Christ, because they are all just concepts. They may not be real in the physical sense but they most certainly exist. They exist because people invest belief in them. So much so that in the case of Santa (and Christ for that matter) people will dress up in a manor that manifests the archetype in physical reality. But this is just a canvas, archeplasm onto which one can project our own inner Santa Claus, with greater or lesser success
So thank you, Father Christmas may not be real but he does exist.
Now please stop trying to convince me otherwise.
An Archetype is a consistently recurring pattern. An archetype can be culturally specific or universal. Both the universal and the culturally defined types, while sharing enough common features to make them recognisable as consistently recurring patterns are fluidic enough to allow variants of meaning and value to the individual perceiving them.
Archeplasm is the medium that supports the manifestation of Archetypes, either singularly or as a functional melding of many. Specifically, Woman is archeplasmic in that woman contains the potential to be a mother. Man is archeplasmic in that he contains the potential to be a father.
Archeplasticity is the capacity of a person or a thing to act in an Archeplastic way, which is – to have the qualities of Archeplasm: The potential to manifest archetypes.
The greater a person or a things archeplasticity the greater their potential to become (or to appear to become) different; the greater their potential to mean different things.
Here is an example:
image courtesy of Christine McConnell
Domestic Goddess who makes Sinister Sweets
In real terms then, our ability to behave like Archeplasm enables us to be what we need to be, or what we want to be instead of trying to be what we think we should be, or might be. the more Archeplastic we are the more we enable Archetypes to emerge through us do so without resistance.
Whether or not this is a good thing, I shall let you decide.
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