Just as there is willing and unwilling in one direction, I would like to offer the Shark and Locust as the unwilling archetypes paired with the Rhino and Monkey. The Shark is a model predator, an exemplar of power that is monomaniac in focus on the hunt, and eschews the peaceful connections of the Rhino in exchange for complete control and superiority in its environment. Whereas the Rhino is an example of stability within its environment, the Shark is a force of power for the sake of power itself. In the other direction, the creative archetype of the Monkey is matched with the ultimate distraction, the Locust, a swarm of chaos. Whereas the Monkey mixes things up, creating new possibility, the Locust mixes things up to the point beyond possibility for creativity to emerge toward outright damage.

Figure 8. Adding unwilling facilitation and creative principles

Figure 8. Adding unwilling facilitation and creative principles

Adding back the outer circle of engagement, malice and indifference, the whole archetypal model so far is represented in the figure 9.

Figure 9. The archetypal model, so far

Figure 9. The archetypal model, so far

Posted by John Bell on December 10, 2006
Tags: The Fifth Principle of Dialogue

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