On nearly every continent, within nearly every civilization, there is a folk tale of a poor girl abused by her wicked step family, who is presented by a mystical guardian that grants her three things; luxurious clothing, a vehicle of some sort, and a self-identifying object (e.g., a shoe that fits only her), and with these things, she finds true love and breaks free from her oppression.
I’ve read a Native American Cinderella story, a European, and a Chinese, and there are many others. It boggles many minds how these peoples, continents apart, wrote the same story. But lets look deeper in this than an extra-terrestrial conspiracy. What is the common denominator among all these civilizations? humanity. or more specifically, the human mind.
Carl Jung developed the theory of the universal human psyche— that deep within our subconscious, every human being thinks, desires, feels, and needs the same things. We all dream the same dreams, we all yearn the same yearnings, we all tend to write the same stories. Find this to go against your individuality and self-determining mind? Let me ask you this.
Have you felt that your life has been imposed upon by others that have no right to control your life? That you want to rise above this oppression and find freedom? Do you feel the only way you’ll ever be happy and gain this freedom is if you find love and be loved?
Cinderella is the story of every man’s dream. Every person, male or female, consciously or subconsciously, relates themselves to Cinderella. We all dream of breaking free of oppression we either rightfully or self-consolidating convince ourselves we do not deserve. And we all want to be loved.
And we all tend to write what we dream about. Thus every man, on every continent, writes their Cinderella story.