The Prodigal Son- Guy Ritchie

As told on the Joe Rogan experience on Youtube channels. I find Guy to be rock solid in his philosophies. He and Joe could go on and on when they discuss “Gi” from their obsessions in the MMA and the different martial arts, injuries, and what other 49 year old’s do with their recreational time. This interview was prior to King Arthur release date, as you know Guy Ritchie is a famous film-maker after all, but an insightful human being!

Something stuck in the interview, where he discussed the relevance of his pocket-square, how society has twisted our attitudes to certain customs. I agree…I also feel the feelings towards squeezing into a suit for the office or to go to church has changed the perception of the public of “owning the suit” and “intentional ownership”. Guy mentions, “we were robbed the meaning behind the uniform of the suit as well as food in general.” I get it, but his approach to his latest Movie release, the system designed to be a game, and his parable analogy to the essence of storytelling.

In any story, we are faced with the father, and his two sons (older and younger sons), and the story ventured by the young son as his father offered him the opportunity to spend his inheritance now rather than later. The young son went on a relentless binge of adventure, luxury, indulgence of the things that are insatiable. Well, it did not take long for the son to spend the inheritance, and once he had realized that going to brothels, sniffing coke, BBC fantasies, was short-lived and the pigs that he was feeding in a dead-end laborious job somewhere far away, and he could not survive on the wage, he asked father to accept him back.

As described by Guy, the Father took back the younger son, and with this offering he decided to make the younger son the bearer of slaughtering the fat calf, a novelty to which the older son felt robbed of, as he did not abandon the home-front, and was loyal to the father as being always available. The moral of the story?

As described by Guy, the Father is YOU, and you are enough! The older son is your intellect and your LOGIC, the younger son is your wild side, and the part of your infatuated by CURIOSITY and discovery of how the world works. You are always enough, and the analogy shows that you must lose yourself completely in the journey of life in order to understand or accept who you are. The younger son, was lost but now is found, created some demons along the way, and upon returning to himself, and accepting himself he must face those demons and get the crutches of life removed in the mirror to reveal the true authentic self.

“Truly deep, and so eloquently put, Guy”. Joe Rogan

In King Arthur, as with the essence of all great storytelling. The Father has got aggressive, the younger son, has left the homefront, brought up streetsmart by prostitutes in brothels, the true self of centering between “am I deserving enough”, the logic and the intellect getting in the way of our true authentic desires, he knew the responsibility that pulling Xcaliber the sword from the materialistic stone that has so many metaphorical references to stuff that we as a collective hold onto when its transience and sporadic relevance is insignificant to the greater story. The journey to self-purpose and self-actualization. What’s the significance in this narrative?

“Every man, in himself is aristocratic…He is his own King. He adjourns the ladders of the world and ultimately has to return to himself. The significance of the extraction of the sword from the stone is…the stone is the material world. The material world that seems so solid, because it controls you whilst you project your sense of identity upon it. The extraction of the sword is the taking back of your own authority. Your own power. Your sense of self outside of yourself. That is the wrestling match, the demons that are now faced, and the crutches of life are removed to reveal true identity with the return to yourself. We all struggle with taking away our crutches in life. Stand as the man as you are, as the story of King Arthur, as the story of life.

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