Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hot, Wasn't It?

A while back I was exploring the USA and found myself in an underground cave, probably Carlsbad Caverns.  This painting is from a photo taken there.  Later it reminded me of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Here's the story:

Orpheus was a cool musician.  When he played his instrument even the gods were charmed.  After his lover, Eurydice (You-rid-a-chee), died and went to The Underworld he begged the gods to allow him to rescue her and bring her back to Earth.  They relented and he went to Hades to get her.  On the return trip he was warned not to turn around or look back until he reached the surface of Life.  Eurydice was following him but at the last minute Orpheus worried that she was not still behind him and looked back.  Immediately she was swept back to Hades. (See her fiery figure with her arms in the air?  ayieeeee!)

The moral of this story: Don't depend on any man to lead you out of Hell.  Put your foot on the ladder, keep climbing,  and don't look back! (and men, quit your worryin' -  we're right ahead of you.)

Of course to the old Greeks Hades wasn't "hell" as we know it today, but that ruins Everything!

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