Hope...

... today's light reading has been focused on the mythical First Woman On Earth.... Pandora...

... now, like most peeps, I've gone through my quiet little life knowing very little about Pandora... the most famous thing, of course, is her infamous box.. (it seems stange to think of that, doesn't it?... "hey, bud, what do you know about this Pandora chick?"... "not much, man, but she has a really, really famous box..) ... is "box" on your list, Elisson?...

.. anyway, I digress... so, Pandora was created the gods on Mt Olympus as a punishment to mankind... the world back then was totally populated with Men, evidently, and Prometheus was responsible for that... Zeus got pissed and told everyone to get together and create a woman to irritate all the men... bingo, up pops Pandora... pretty bad rap for the First Woman On Earth, eh?..

... so last night over a bacon sandwich, I asked the classically educated Wife what was supposed to have been in Pandora's Box.. her answer was telling, people, but wrong... she cocked her head and thought for a second or two as finished her mouthful of bacon, and then said... "all of the temptations of the world"... good answer... and delivered with a self-confident certainty...

... I was impressed... some box, I thought... no WONDER she peeked inside...

... but today I found the real answer... it wasn't temptations at all... but all of the bad things that mankind had yet to deal with... plague, death, crime, bad breath... and lastly, hope; the reconciler....

... pretty cool tale when you stop to think about it... all that nasty stuff crammed into the same box with "hope"... as if the mere idea that "looking on the bright side" can conquer all of the other bad shit in the world....

... those Greeks, they could talk a good talk... I hope they are right about hope, though...

by Eric on April 24, 2006 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (1) | Psycho Rants
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I like the way the old Greeks looked at the gods. They figured that the gods were both good and evil just as humans are good and evil and damn if I don't believe that if there is in fact a god she is both good and evil but mostly has a wierder sense of humor than even me.

Bullshitted by GUYK on April 24, 2006 01:56 PM

You know I'll bet half the male population wasn't 100% sure what was in the box, so don't feel bad! I only knew because it was one of the subjects discussed on a past episode of the history channel. Most guys deem the word "BOX" as that beginning with the letter "C" sometimes having the aroma of a fish!

Bullshitted by Snotty Dog on April 24, 2006 04:40 PM

Is "box" on the list?

Is "box" on the list?

Yer damn tootin', "box" is on the list!

Bullshitted by Elisson on April 24, 2006 05:16 PM

The first time I ever heard it called a box was one time when I was a wise ass punk little boy and the teenage girls were wearing sack dresses--a style of many years ago. I approached a friend of my elder sister and asked her, ( which I had heard the big boys say ) "What you got in da sack?"
And she replied "A Box." And I replied, "Can I see it?" and got slapped and didn't know why until my daddy told me.

Bullshitted by GUYK on April 24, 2006 07:17 PM

I love mythology and like Guy, I think it's pretty cool their Gods had some human follibles.

Bullshitted by Libby on April 25, 2006 06:48 AM

"as if the mere idea that 'looking on the bright side' can conquer all of the other bad shit in the world"....interesting. I never even thought of it that way before. I always thought that the moral of the story was that hope was just as dangerous as the rest of the contents. Wow. I think your interpretation is better.

Bullshitted by zonker on April 25, 2006 06:00 PM

.. you may be right, Zonker... but I desperately "hope" you are not... the most perilous place to be is to be truly hopeless.... so surely that was a gift and not a damnation...

Bullshitted by Eric on April 25, 2006 07:47 PM