Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Wisdom of the Myths

The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your LifeThe Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life by Luc Ferry
It is easy to hire someone else to do work for us--someone to clean, someone to tend the garden--but no one can take our place along that road that leads to the conquest of our fears, so that we can adapt to the world and find our right place in it. The ultimate end, in general terms, is indeed harmony, but each individual must find his particular way of achieving it: finding one's own path, which is not the path of others, may become the task of a lifetime. (p. 29)
About a week after I started an online group read of The Iliad, I saw this book on the shelf at the library. The subtitle "How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life" sounded like a bit of an overreach until I reflected that in our culture energy drinks give you wings and sugary breakfast cereals support children's immune systems, so why not give this book a shot? I'm just starting the prologue this morning, but already find it thought-provoking while grounded in common sense. Philosophy and common sense? Are they supposed to be in the same room?

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