Why Sherwood Forest Matters?

Posted: April 4, 2015 by Ty in New Thought Journal
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It is amazing in the era where the “Robin Hood Tax” is a movement (the idea of the rich paying their fair share for life shared of Star-ship Earth) and the focus on the justice issues; the ideal of romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marian (even though she was a romantic era morphing his devotion to Mary of Nazareth, which in turn was a Papist morphing of his devotion to mother Earth, but I digress).

Yet there is another piece of the story that deserves to be highlighted. For you see, Robin Hood is a meta-narrative, it is why this battle for justice and life has endured through the centuries.For at its heart is the story of the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest. It is not just Robin Hood’s battle against those that stripped him of his life, it is the community of the “Outlaws” that are in hiding for choosing to heal and live life together, and not allow injustice to be visited upon them.

In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves this was drawn out more fully in the film, by it being not just the outlaws, but their families. The Homeless of the Crusades period, placed outside society due to socio-economics, and choices of what it means. Indigenous Peoples (Saxons) cast outside of the newly invaded and chosen Norman society. Whichever era of Robin Hood mythos you wish to explore it is a story of power/oppression; belonging/loss; and reclamation of deep rooted things in the human spirit:

Love. Peace. Faith. Hope. Compassion. Respect. Empathy. Community… and finally… as the moment of celebration of the wedding scene at the end of most modern films: Family and from family…


Which is what the recent BBC Robin Hood series finale captured beautifully with the regain,

“We are Robin Hood”.

So, are you willing to live it out. . .


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