The strength of Heracles and Athena, wisdom

The strength of Heracles and Athena, wisdom

Heracles and Athena in the dispute and discord: A fable of Aesop.

In those days of the Golden Age in which the gods walked on earth and they mixed with men, it happened once ...

The mace of Hercules

Advancing Heracles (1) Along a narrow path when he saw on the ground an object that looked like an apple and having no interest in it tried to crush it with his foot. But instead, the object, which was magical, doubled its volume, which did not miss Hercules because magic in those days was common among gods, heroes and men, but it did irritate him .

Seeing what happened, Heracles stepped on him even more violently, hitting him with his mace. But the object, impassive against the blows of the demigod, continued to grow and grow after each blow, to finally close the road completely, due to the large volume that had reached after the last blows of mace.

The hero then abandoned his weapon and was planted in front of the object that prevented the passage, prisoner of the greatest astonishment.

And so he was, between confused and furious, when the goddess appeared Athena (2) and said:

-Listen, Heracles , this object that you have struck is the spirit of the dispute and discord; if he is left calm, he remains as he was at the beginning; but if you touch it, see how it grows! -.

Aesop adds that:

Dispute and discord are cause of great ills to humanity and should never be stimulated. (3)

N otes:

(1) Hercules was the name, in Roman mythology, of the hero of Greek mythology Heracles , being a translation into Latin of its Greek name. He was the son of Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Zeus, and the mortal Alcmena. He carried out twelve great works, called The Twelve Works of Heracles and was divinized by men .. In this story Hercules the demigod is defeated by his own enraged actions.

( 2) We read in the wiki that: "In Greek mythology, Athena is the daughter of Zeus, was born adult, of his forehead, when Hephaestus opened his head with an ax to cure him of the pains that they tormented him. According to some myths, his mother would be Metis, Zeus' first wife, whom he swallowed when she was pregnant with Athena. " Athena is the goddess of wisdom, arts and crafts. It represents creative intelligence. She was the patron saint of potters, weavers, builders and other artisans.

(3) How difficult it is to follow this wise advice! How many times do we weary discussing an issue to check later, that the value of the gain obtained after the discussion - in the case of having won it - is much lower than the cost of the disputed? Or end in the rest of the times, with the increase of the original damage that is supposed to have lost it!

In this case, the strength and arrogance of the Greek demigod dissolves against the intelligence and prudence of the goddess. Lose Heracles and Athena , win.

This fable clearly shows that the fed dispute leads to terrible consequences for us. Notice how the initial apple produces a small difficulty for Hercules . He could have ignored her and continued on the road, but no, he does not, he fights with her and at each stroke the apple grows until he stops.The real estate should remember this fable when we are facing some kind of difficult customer. There are cases where it is better to leave.

(4) The free image used has been taken from Pixabay , where it appears as Public Domain: https://pixabay. com/en/la-figura-estatua-escultura-hombre-749704/, being the author the German photographer FALCO (Oberhausen, Deutschland). We are grateful to both of you for your courtesy in allowing the free use of this image.

Follow health ... and when it is a dispute, remember Heracles and Athena . Maybe it's worth arguing on occasion, but most of the time, no! It is the advice of a goddess, do not forget it.

Miguel Villarroya Martín, a/Madrid. Spain/ 19, 2015

Source of the cover image.

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