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The Gift of Fire to Mankind: A Mythical Study on the Spiritual Significance of Coal, Part 2

“One morning [the Titan Prometheus] came to Zeus, and said, ‘Oh Thunderer, I do not understand your design. You have caused the race of man to appear on earth, but you keep him in ignorance and darkness.’

‘Perhaps you had better leave the race of man to me,’ said Zeus. ‘What you call ignorance is innocence. What you call darkness is the shadow of my decree. Man is happy now. And he is so framed that he will remain happy unless someone persuades him that he is unhappy. Let us not speak of this again.’

But Prometheus said, ‘Look at him. Look below. He crouches in caves. He is at the mercy of beast and weather. He eats his meat raw. If you mean something by this, enlighten me with your wisdom. Tell me why you refuse to give man the gift of fire.’

Zeus answered, ‘Do you not know, Prometheus, that every gift brings a penalty? This is the way the Fates weave destiny – by which gods also must abide. Man does not have fire, true, nor the crafts which the fire teaches. On the other hand, he does not know disease, warfare, or old age….He is happy, I say, happy without fire. And so shall he remain.’

‘Happy as beasts are happy,’ said Prometheus.”

~Evslin, Evslin, & Hoopes

5 responses

  1. The Ominous Joker

    Zeus was a sharp, and easily enraged god, (or so the myths say) and it does not surprise me that he would keep men from advancing.

    The Ominous Joker

    December 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  2. In the ancient writings it was said that the “gods” came to the earth and found men that were “as the beasts of the field” and that they could not be domesticated. So the gods took “this clay of the earth” and created man and woman in their own image to be their servants and to husband the resources of the earth. This was necessary as the work of colonization was too difficult for the “gods” under earth conditions. In the long run this proved to be the undoing of the “gods” as it is unethical to make servants (slaves) of a sentient race. This resulted in a civil war between the gods as some sided with man as they drove the gods away. The “gods” that sided with man were left behind and called the fallen angels as they had fallen from “grace” and were denied passage back into space. pg

    February 18, 2012 at 3:01 am

  3. Passage back into space? You mean like interstellar visitors? (:

    February 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

  4. Space is a very large place. Habitable planets are very few and far between even at light speed. Visitors have been stopping by for maybe a half a million years. The “myths” of visitors from other planets cover the world, “gods” or godlike beings that meddled in the affairs of man. Some for good and some for ill. To all these visitors, earth is a Garden of Eden, lush with life. Think of the early days of sail and discovering the Hawaiian Is. in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Space between habitable planets is so huge that visits are rare and races are not allowed to achieve real space travel before they become ethical in their treatment of “others”. The “Prime Directive” is is part of the soul of “that which is” or GOD. Soon Humans will be allowed to enter interstellar space. Just as soon as they grow up! pg

    February 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  5. Thanks PG, interesting thoughts on the possibility that gods were literally extraterrestrials.

    I enjoy studying the legends of different people. I will agree with you this far, that many of the myths describe literal events and physical catastrophes that were witnessed by people all over the world.

    In other cases, the myths are communicating a spiritual idea. For example, I was just reading myths from the Zuni tribes, in which some of the people underwent a painful process of loosing their animal-like features. They lost webbed feet or tails – but many could not withstand the pain of metamorphosis and ran away. It is a beautiful myth. Other legends similar to it, in my opinion, are talking about the spiritual regeneration or spiritual growth that some people undergo, to become more human. These spiritual tests are everywhere in the myths. Two more examples of spiritual tests are found in the legend of Psyche losing Cupid and their heavenly castle through the lack of trust, after listening to her sisters say that Cupid must be a monster (who was likely planning to eat her!), and the story of Eve deciding to listen to another voice and take matters into her own hands, thus losing all.

    And in this I will also partly agree with you, that there is certainly a sense of a conflict and battle between those who wish to harm man and those who wish to help. This is the Angelic reality in the texts of Zoroaster and in the old and new testaments. And in most of the myths I have surveyed, the afterlife is completely determined by the demeaner of one’s external and internal life while on earth.

    But with these old stories, most of all, you have to be prepared to be surprised, and enjoy :D ;)

    February 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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