“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi
Arhetype IV: The Altruist
According to Carol Pearson the Altruist symbolises giving and abundance, but only that type of giving which you are passionate about, not what you think the world expects of you.
In a Warrior culture, achievement is everything, yet we all like to be valued as people, separate to our achievements. Subtract the people in society who work for nothing, who give out love and care without expectation of getting it back, and it would not be much of a society. We need to have a larger meaning to guide our actions, so that they do not come simply from a desire for personal power or money – this is the worth of the Altruist.
The negative side of the archetype is unnecessary sacrifice. Many people will go through their lives giving up their own ambitions and desires for the sake of others, yet sacrifice often goes unrewarded, and can be taken for granted.