Dual Ego Hypothesis and Archetypes (Man in the High Castle & Man of Steel)

This unscripted livestream turned out to be surprising. I was very pleased with my thought process and flow. I’ve always wanted to be able to talk off-the-cuff like this. 00:00 Epic Failure Intro02:25 Topics For The Day03:40 My Thoughts On Ego04:10 The Ego Is A Filter05:55 We Have To Have An Ego06:35 My Dual Ego […]

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The Faery Godmother – The Heroine’s Journey: Step 4

It took me a while to figure it out and get it written, but Step 4 of my Heroine’s Journey model is finally here! Be careful when making deals with the Fae! Mark Stratton’s Heroine’s Journey:Step 1: The Perfect World https://youtu.be/L-t_TF17yvMStep 2: The Death of Innocence https://youtu.be/gTUeiZO4H1QStep 3: Denial of the Broken Glasses https://youtu.be/LoLDLiYLqWQ The […]

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Lyrics Explained! Man With A Mission – Into the Deep

First listened to (and heard of) Man With a Mission’s Into the Deep last night and I can’t stop listening to it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMIaDLICMC4 This is my interpretation of these very “deep” lyrics – I don’t care if the song/video is to promote a popcorn movie. Depth is depth. The world is in good hands with […]

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5 Misconceptions of the Hero’s Journey

It’s been a year since I completed my Hero’s Journey series. Let’s take an alternate view of 5 common misconceptions that people often have about it.  

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Existential Nihilism Embodied in 7 Film and TV Characters

Let’s take a look at seven characters from popular film and TV that are various incarnations of Existential Nihilism. Clips from: The Matrix TrilogySee my Matrix analysis here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vZlJLAMp5k Man of Steel She-Ra and the Princesses of PowerSee my take on Entrapta here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVwaQECjmvw The ShallowsSee my The Shallows analysis here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJmRoAznp8o Thor: RagnarokMy Thor: […]

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The Burden of Purpose – I Am Mother – Soul – Entrapta

The BURDEN of Purpose: Spiritual Lessons From I Am Mother, Soul, and She-Ra (Entrapta) (Not an April Fool’s video…I had planned one and then April 1 snuck up on me before I clued in that it was here) I felt that I Am Mother, Soul and Entrapta from Netflix’s She-Ra series all needed to be […]

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Denial of the Broken Glasses – The Heroine’s Journey: Step 3

It seems that the first steps of any Journey are the most difficult – especially if we didn’t want to take it in the first place. And even if we did want to take it, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to have an easy time leaving our “Perfect” world behind. Be your own Heroine! […]

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Why did Scarlemagne have to die? A Deeper Meaning of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (KATAOW)

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an absolutely beautiful animated show that is full of depth. In this episode Mark explores the possible reason that Scarlemagne (aka Hugo Oak) HAD to die at the end of the series. Sorry for the spoiler, but there was no way around it. Be your own Heroine! Be […]

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Roy Batty: From Animal to Enlightened Human in 10 Minutes – A Deeper Meaning of Blade Runner (1982)

While Blade Runner may very well be a story of a former cop battling his own inner demons, I choose to believe that the real Hero of the film is the seemingly crazed Roy Batty: an android who develops a soul and attains enlightenment all in the last 10 minutes of his existence. Be your […]

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The Death of Innocence – The Heroine’s Journey: Step 2

As excited as I am to develop and explore this Heroine’s Journey model, I think I’ve been subconsciously avoiding producing this second step of the Journey. This Death of Innocence step is all about trauma entering the life of the Heroine and trauma is too large a subject for me to cover in less than […]

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