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FVLE - "Goethe" or "The Patron"

Psyche Yoga Version:

'Tis written, "In the beginning was the WORD,"
Now I'm balked! Who'll put me in accord?
'Tis impossible, the word so high to prize, 
I must translate it otherwise.
If I am correctly by the spirit taught, 
Then 'tis written, "In the beginning was the THOUGHT." 
Consider that line, the first you see,
That your pen not write too hastily!
Is it thought that works, hour by hour?
So it should stand, "In the beginning was the POWER." 
But even as I write this line, I falter, 
For something warns me this too I shall alter.
The spirit is helping me! I know now what I need!
It shall be written, "In the beginning was the DEED.

Goethe, although having not realised it, perfectly depicted his psychotype in the above extract from his famous story, Faust. In this instance in particular, he expressed his order of values: the WORD represents Emotion, which for Goethe lied at the very bottom of priorities; it was Fourth. The THOUGHT symbolises Logic, which was still more valuable to Goethe than Emotions, but not as much as other functions. Above Logic, Goethe placed POWER, which is a synonym for spirit, strength, i.e Will. But of course, it is not at the top, and so it can only be Second; hence Goethe's Second Will. Lastly, at the very top, Goethe placed the DEED, referring to actions and movements; Physics. Hence, First Physics.

Combining the First Physics with the Third Logic, "Goethe" is not only a sceptic, but an empiricist. He is not interested in theory, rationale, or speculation, for none can be perceived by the senses or manifested in reality. "Goethe" is only interested in principles whose implications can be clearly seen in reality; all else is alien to him. Indeed, Goethe himself shared this attitude for quite some time. His biographer noted that he believed mathematics and astronomy to be "invisible sciences," and shunned them as a result. However, it is important to point out that Goethe was one of the few lucky ones in his regard. Having cured the ulcers on his Third Logic, Goethe did not feel any resentment towards these invisible sciences, as his biographers notes,

Before, he attacked Newton because his Goethe's eye did not see what follows from Newton's experiments. And now he is again arguing about the same subject with Schopenhauer, with the young Kantian. "How," exclaims Goethe, "light exists only because you see it? No! You yourself would not exist in the world if the light did not see you!"

Goethe's Second Will was a very clear part of his personality. According to his contemporaries, his soul was like a mirror, which reflected everything it came across with perfect precision. This allowed him to understand and sympathise with individuals foreign to himself, a clear sign of the poet's Second Will. Furthermore, Goethe was capable of taking up a cause and happily fighting for it, standing up for the downtrodden and oppressed. Goethe lived at a time wherein human superiority over all other animals was the dominant theory, as humans had a premaxillary bone and other animals did not. Goethe, infuriated by this injustice and the resulting genocide of animals, showed his fellow scientists the bone, shaming them for their ill-informed beliefs of superiority. 

As people, "Goethes" have few flaws, as their psychotype enriches them with gifts fo both the body and the soul. The strong, beautiful, portly appearance of the First Physics is ennobled and enriched by the strong, calm, and flexible spirit of the Second Will. Goethe himself was known as an "Olympian" for this reason. "Goethe" gives an impression of welcomeness, comfort, safety, and peace, his speech is slow and quiet, but weighty and relaxing. 

FVLEs not only find themselves in the sphere of politics, but will often find themselves succeeding in such a field. Look no further than former president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan. In accordance with the naturally wealth-obsessed First Physics, Reagan was a hardline capitalist who wanted to ensure that America was a free marketplace where anyone could get rich. Furthermore, he instilled a doctrine of "Peace through strength," and practiced it through his bombings of Libya and Lebannon. Of course, this too is evidence of First Physics, as force and violence are no stranger to the "Hoarder." We should be thankful that Reagan's Second Will extended this violence only to places he was permitted to destroy, as Second Will always cleans and polishes the bulbous First Function.

Reagan's Second Will was evident in other ways, too. In making decisions, Reagan always reached for consensus and agreement, and without it felt trapped and stuck. He happily delegated responsibility to his cabinet, allowing them to have a share in the mighty power of the President. He made a point to not interfere with these delegates, a clear testament to his Second Will. At the same time, this nobility was also a weakness. During the Iran-Contra affair, he dared not demand answers from his advisor. He announced conditional courses of action, his ideas vague and simplistic, and his contemporaries noted how he was more dependent on his staff than most presidents. 

Reagan's Third Logic was of course an ulcer on his character, and one that his opponents hoped to exploit. When he was running for governer of California, his political rival used Reagan's incompetence and stupidity in the hopes that it would win him the election. However, in a twist of events, what was Reagan's ulcer became his saving grace. He explained to voters that he was not an elite like his opponent, but an everyday person who wanted to take the people's interests into government. In further accordance with Third Logic, Reagan was a very superstitious man. He always placed a coin in his pocket in the morning, threw salt over his left shoulder when he spilt something, and avoided going upstairs before eating.[1]

"Goethe" is the most harmonious of all the twenty-four psychotypes. They give an impression of Earthliness and confidence, honouring other's with obliging kindness. The motto of the FVLE is "Live and let live." They are enjoyers of simple pleasures, like a delicious meal, a pleasant conversaion, or a relaxing walk in the park. However, they wish not to let this desire for pleasure interfere with other people; entertaining one's self at the expense of others is an idea foreign to "Goethe." FVLEs, while they may not seem like intellecual people, are open to questioning and speculation of important questions, such as the meaning of life, the fate of humanity, and the structure of the universe. Naturally, the scepticism of Third Logic and the empiricism of First Physics still makes him an eternal student, creating a young spirit always in the mood to learn.[2]

To summarise all that has been said, First Physics gives "Goethe" a penchant for life's material pleasures, and makes him highly attentive to his body and appearance; they are often blessed with a beautiful, muscular appearance. Second Will gives him a noble and friendly temperament, always open to the desires of others and makes him an extremely cooperative leader. Third Logic makes him sceptical of ideas and theories out of tangible reach, preferring more empirical sciences. And Fourth Emotion makes him a adaptable and cheerful, ever malleable in his mood and expression. 

[1] Syntax of Love Pages 152 - 157 
[2] Description of the FVLE type (Goethe) 

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