After reading through the destroyer chapter I thought to myself, “Man, This type of attitude can be related back to pretty much everything I’m interested in”. And by interested in I’m just referring to the film industry, and the sport I’m apart of. Now I’m not saying that everything about the film industry or wrestling is based of the destroyer archetype, that would be like saying sharks must only attack people cause we never hear about them attacking seals. What I’m trying to say is that there is a strong base for this archetype in two major interests that I have.
When it comes to the film industry, there are two ways you can approach the archetype. Which are you can view it inside the film, i.e. the storyline, characters, an so on. The second way you can view it is from the outside, i.e. the actors and their lifestyles. I’m going to cover the second approach because it is the most real of the two, it isn’t created in front of a computer screen to appeal to audiences, it is created in a persons mind to unintentionally appeal to audiences. In terms of the level of the destroyer for this, it’s definitely just the “shadow”, because yes some of these people are self destructive, but the majority don’t have some deep meaning within it all like you would find in level three or something like that. When I say self destruction it mainly pertains to drug and alcohol abuse, but also can sometimes cover rape, and defamation of character.
When it comes to the great sport of wrestling you won’t find a wrestler battling to come to terms with life, death, and his acceptance of mortality, but what you will find is the “call” level. That level is very potent in our sport.The concepts of experiencing pain, suffering, tragedy, loss. Now this is not on a life or death level obviously but on a level strong enough to majorly effect you mentally. Having more than enough experience in the sport I can say without a doubt that at the end of a match someone will being feeling the effects of suffering, tragedy, and loss. Losing a match is a hard thing to accept, especially if it is for a title. I know this personally, due to when I lost in the California state title match in 2007. I can tell you right now that it is hard to deal with. I sacrificed so much, like staying out late with my friends on the weekends, sleeping in, eating the foods that I wanted to, living the normal teenage life. I gave up all of that to win a state title, and I lost it in front of 20,000 people in Bakersfield California on a Saturday night at 7:30pm. This was devastating to me, a great tragedy. I tried so hard and sacrificed so much, only to be second best. Experiencing that type of mental pain is not something I or any other wrestler enjoys at all, but it is apart of our sport and we have to take the good with the bad.