Moneyball is about a Virgin Rebel
Is it just me or does Moneyball challenge the whole idea of what we are aiming for in life? Instead of going for the brass ring Billy Beane wants to be true to himself. That makes him a Virgin archetype.
Moneyball is a good example of the rebellious nature of the Virgin. Billy lives in a dependent world (professional baseball) where he has loads of potential that is never fully realized because he is doing it for money rather than self -fulfillment. As a baseball player Beane just never was able to get over a fear that he would not live up to other people’s expectations of him. Questioning if he was worth the money they paid him (ie. is he meeting the baseball world’s and the team’s expectations) probably kept him from finding his authentic nature. He even developed a belief that he was a jinx on the game and doesn’t attend his team’s games as a GM.
As General Manager of the Oakland A’s, Beane has a very small budget to work with and this allows him to count on his greater asset – his instinct. He goes against all the norms of baseball because he realizes you can’t expect to get a different result doing the same thing. He is a rebel and in the end it is just what the baseball community needed.
The new model for player acquisition changes the game of baseball. The Kingdom of baseball is brighter because Billy Beane went on his Virgin journey. Except we are still waiting for him to give up the belief that kept him stuck – that he is jinxed.
Virgin’s play a vital role in stories. When they allow their unique talent to shine in the world, they bring chaos, yes, but they also bring much needed innovation. Heroes know how to protect and preserve what is good. It is the journey of the Virgin that introduces new things into the community when change is needed. Virgins do this through the quest for self-fulfillment.
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