A parade of fathers is an audio visual slidshow compilation of family portrait images showcasing father’s and their sons and daughters. As suggested in a previous post, A Parade of Mothers, Father’s Day is too paltry an acknowledgment of what fathers really do, day in, day out, month after month, year after year. What does it mean to be a father, as distinct from a parent? What is the father’s role in the family, in society, as a human being?
Fatherhood, and motherhood, are two of the most significant archetypes in transpersonal psychology. The views, beliefs, values and responsibilities of this role, as father, is steeped in human history. Every people, every culture, throughout human time, has fathers, and mothers; fathers have had significant roles to play, most notably protection and provision. Interestingly, the function of those roles is based largely on perception. If there is a perception of danger, or of scarcity, then protection and provision take on ways and means very different than if the perception is one of safety and abundance.
Symbolically, the father is the one who takes us farther. The farther father; further along the journey towards a better understanding of protection and provision; to a new world, a new consciousness. Understanding is very much needed in today’s world of apparent danger and seeming scarcity.
Let us grow farther towards understanding…..
A Parade of Fathers