'The Sage' Archetype

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Jun 6, 2016
by: meme2019

You see it everywhere - the Sage, a (usually) old, slightly grumpy man who preaches wisdom. In our society, what better example to use than Morgan Freeman? The beloved actor and African American rights activist who charms us all with his voice is a clear representation of the stereotypical sage, as shown in quotes such as:

"Learning how to be still,to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes radiance."

"But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it."

Sages use their intelligence to their advantage, and spread it amongst other people. They want to reflect on self and are afraid of ignorance - which we see Freeman demonstrate as he believes in spreading awareness in Martin Luther King and other aspects of black history. Looking for the bigger picture in life is also a common quality of these individuals, something Freeman certainly doesn't lack with his worldly mindset.