Imago and crashing heros
Imago: “...an idealized mental image of someone, esp. a parent, that influences your behavior.”
Today I discovered a new word and an old feeling. This stunningly beautiful short film by Cédric Babouche brought both together.
What good does Imago serve? The image of father as hero to a young son is a mesmerizing motivator. It can fill you with the belief that your resources are unlimited and that the world is vast, rich and responding positively to you. Imago is an insane drive for survival probably only available to a young mind. The love for father is so strong that an archetypical image is created. The father gives life to the son and teaches him. But the son makes his father and exploits him.
When fathers die early, it must be tough. When fathers die late, that can be tougher. Seing powers flee from him, bad luck turning on him and human fragility taking over are sobering forces on the son. The love changes in intensity and more so in content. An early death in contrast leaves the dream encapsuled in memory.
Dads are icons and in this beautiful 9.54 minute short-film, there is one who throws himself into the wind.