Te Mythology

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The following is a description of the mythology of Te.

Te Mythical Elements

The spiritual experience of Te is known as Edar, which is the myth of the king. Edar is the societal father archetype, the patriarch, the bureaucrat and the aristocrat. In modern times we see it depicted more commonly as the CEO, the billionaire or President, but no matter what name it possesses, the position remains the same. Edar is that which sits at the top of civilization, executing judgment and instigating Order to the world. When Edar is embodied in a person’s psyche, a desire manifests to protect/guard oneself and loved ones against the chaos of the natural world through systematization, enterprise and economic security. A desire emerges to control, reign over, and command a safe domain or territory. The accumulation of resources thus become a means to those ends, as Edar is not primarily motivated by greed but by ambition to control. Edar also views the world in a manner akin to a game, where they exist in competition with other would-be kings for control of said domains. To that end, resources may be treated as chess pieces to be arranged in whatever fashion to serve the end goal. Edar exists for this game and is eternally motivated to set its sights higher; aiming for yet-greater agency, security and order.

Light: The Wise King

When the king is benevolent, his reign brings untold prosperity to his kingdom. Big and small businesses thrive, the economy flourishes as the conscientiousness, efficiency and leadership of Edar transforms barren wastelands into prosperous countrysides. In modern terms this translates to effective government legislation, fair and just bureaucracies and a higher living standard for all. He ushers in a golden age of innovation and indeed, despite what drawbacks that have now emerged from our earlier capitalistic dreams/ambitions, the wise king was directly responsible for the industrial revolution, our increased lifespan and the technological advancement of the past few centuries. The wise king identifies bottlenecks in workflow, areas of destruction and takes corrective action swiftly in order to facilitate a blossoming society. He also supplies protection in the form of military services, as another archetype for Edar is the General. It is important to the kingdom that the king know when to draw his sword and when to keep it sheathed. The wise king is patient and non-violent, but quick to action when action is necessary.

Dark: The Tyrant King

But the negative Edar myth is that of the tyrant; he who sits atop his throne and exploits the people of the city. Under the false pretense of protection and noble rule, he steals from the poor to fatten up the rich. He’s addicted to the power of his position, and takes measures to make sure he’s sustained in power. He develops a system of bureaucracies/legislatures and places them into effect with the intent of sustaining his position in power and stifling/inhibiting competition from the lower ranks. He feeds off of the civilian and his labor, and as such he has considerable crossover with the devouring Father archetype, or Chronos. In modern times this translates to corrupt politicians, lobbyists and wall-street bankers who seek to deregulate the government in order to maximize the profits of the elite class. We see this archetype embodied most recently in President Donald Trump who, despite the transparency of his motives, was elected by an American population positively fed up with decades of facades and preferred the corrupt and unmasked truth of their government than more faintly veiled lies.