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← The myth of Pandora's box - Iseult Gillespie

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  1. Curiosity:

  2. a blessing, or a curse?
  3. The paradoxical nature of this trait
  4. was personified for the ancient Greeks
  5. in the mythical figure of Pandora.
  6. According to legend,
  7. she was the first mortal woman,
  8. whose blazing curiosity set a chain
    of earth-shattering events in motion.
  9. Pandora was breathed into being
    by Hephaestus, God of fire,

  10. who enlisted the help of his divine
    companions to make her extraordinary.
  11. From Aphrodite she received the capacity
    for deep emotion;
  12. from Hermes she gained
    mastery over language.
  13. Athena gave the gift of fine craftsmanship
    and attention to detail,
  14. and Hermes gave her her name.
  15. Finally, Zeus bestowed
    two gifts on Pandora.

  16. The first was the trait of curiosity,
  17. which settled in her spirit and sent
    her eagerly out into the world.
  18. The second was a heavy box, ornately
    curved, heavy to hold –
  19. and screwed tightly shut.
  20. But the contents, Zeus told her,
    were not for mortal eyes.
  21. She was not to open the box
    under any circumstance.
  22. On earth, Pandora met and fell in love
    with Epimetheus, a talented titan

  23. who had been given the task
    of designing the natural world by Zeus.
  24. He had worked alongside
    his brother Prometheus,
  25. who created the first humans
  26. but was eternally punished
    for giving them fire.
  27. Epimetheus missed his brother desperately,
  28. but in Pandora he found another
    fiery-hearted soul for companionship.
  29. Pandora brimmed with excitement
    at life on earth.

  30. She was also easily distracted
    and could be impatient,
  31. given her thirst for knowledge and desire
    to question her surroundings.
  32. Often, her mind wandered to the contents
    of the sealed box.
  33. What treasure was so great it could never
    be seen by human eyes,
  34. and why was it in her care?
  35. Her fingers itched to pry it open.
  36. Sometimes she was convinced
    she heard voices whispering
  37. and the contents rattling around inside,
  38. as if straining to be free.
  39. Its enigma became maddening.
  40. Over time, Pandora became more and more
    obsessed with the box.

  41. It seemed there was a force beyond her
    control that drew her to the contents,
  42. which echoed her name louder and louder.
  43. One day she could bear it no longer.
  44. Stealing away from Epimetheus,
  45. she stared at the mystifying box.
  46. She’d take one glance inside,
  47. then be able to rid
    her mind of it forever...
  48. But at the first crack of the lid,
    the box burst open.

  49. Monstrous creatures and horrendous sounds

  50. rushed out in a cloud of smoke and swirled
    around her, screeching and cackling.
  51. Filled with terror,
  52. Pandora clawed desperately at the air
    to direct them back into their prison.
  53. But the creatures surged out
    in a gruesome cloud.
  54. She felt a wave of foreboding
    as they billowed away.
  55. Zeus had used the box as a vessel
  56. for all the forces of evil
    and suffering he’d created –
  57. and once released,
  58. they were uncontainable.
  59. As she wept,

  60. Pandora became aware of a sound echoing
    from within the box.
  61. This was not the eerie
    whispering of demons,
  62. but a light tinkling that seemed
    to ease her anguish.
  63. When she once again lifted
    the lid and peered in,
  64. a warm beam of light rose out
    and fluttered away.
  65. As she watched it flickering in the wake
    of the evil she’d unleashed,

  66. Pandora’s pain was eased.
  67. She knew that opening the box
    was irreversible –
  68. but alongside the strife, she’d set hope
    forth to temper its effects.
  69. Today, Pandora’s Box suggests
    the extreme consequences

  70. of tampering with the unknown –
  71. but Pandora’s burning curiosity also
    suggests the duality that lies
  72. at the heart of human inquiry.
  73. Are we bound to investigate everything
    we don’t know,
  74. to mine the earth for more –
  75. or are there some mysteries
  76. that are better left unsolved?