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Prometheus

File:Prometeo.jpg

The Olympian gods could not understand that Prometheus, the Titan, was not like them. It was beyond their understanding that he was a force of the mind, the force that can rip the mind open and break out of laws. Can such a force be permanently chained to a rock?

Hephaestus

So the reign of the Titans is over!

Prometheus

You may think so. I am not stopping you.

Hephaestus

But I am binding you to this rock!

Prometheus

You don’t know what I am. I am a force inside the mind. The gods can bind me, but they cannot kill me.

Hephaestus

What kind of force are you, then? I heard already that your speech is abstruse.

Prometheus

I am the force that betrayed the gods. I stole the fire in the stalk of the Narthex plant, remember. And I betrayed Zeus when I divided meat and bones.

Hephaestus

That is what earned you this punishment. I regret I have to enchain you here. But what can I do?

Prometheus

If you knew what I know, it would be easy for you not to do it. I have betrayed them once more, and they don’t know. Maybe you are the only one of them who can understand. Your imperfect body and your skills show that you might have the seeds of this force inside you. But for that, your mother expelled you from the Olympus.

Hephaestus

Abstruse is your speech, indeed. You seem to be mad. I heard the Olympians fear you. You don’t want to tell me now? I could let you go!

Prometheus

I am the force that created humans. Not from clay, that is just a story. They created themselves. I am the force that enabled them to do so.

Hephaestus

You are well known for your riddles. I don’t know what you mean.

Prometheus

What I am talking about is the force that will make the gods fall. The gods are trying to bind it, but they can’t.

Hephaestus

Haha! You doubt the strength of my chains? No god can open them!

Prometheus

No god, but humans can. I am the force that enables them.

Hephaestus

Look, the eagle is coming!

Prometheus

That eagle I am not afraid of. It is part of me. With its wings and eyes I am flying.

Hephaestus

But it will rip you open, again and again.

Prometheus

I am ripping myself open. I am never complete. I have gaps and holes. When I close them, new gaps will be opening. That is how I grow. You gods don’t understand that. You think you can chain me to a rock, but you don’t know what I am. We Titans came before you. You emerged from us. You are trying to kill us and lock us away, but we are ultimately stronger.

Hephaestus

But the gods are perfect, how can you be stronger?

Prometheus

The world is not perfect, so perfect gods don’t understand it. You need to rip yourself open to understand that. You emerged to stop the holes from opening, but you can’t.

Hephaestus

Our world is perfectly clear and simple. There are laws.

Prometheus

Your perfect and clear and simple world is not the whole world. I know this is worrisome for you. You could not get complete control. The monsters you have locked away in Erebus are all still there. You cannot kill me. The old world was without gods, but there was freedom. I can rip open your world, and you will fall into that rupture. You are trying to chain me to a rock, but I am still there. I know Zeus is going to send Hermes to try to find out what I mean by this. But I will not tell him. Not because I don’t want to tell him but because this is beyond his and your understanding. Humans can understand it, not you, the gods.

Hephaestus

I am finished. Now, let me see how you will free yourself!

Prometheus

Yes, we will see.

Hephaestus

Ha, you are still chained there!

Prometheus

Humans will come and unleash me. You have chained them too, using fear and deception, but that will not last long.

(The picture shows the painting “Prometeo” by the Mexican painter Gustavo Arias Murueta, belonging to the Generación de la Ruptura. The file can be found at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prometeo.jpg. I like the interpretation of Prometheus in the form of an abstract painting, fitting the interpretation of the myth I am giving here where Prometheus does not appear as a personal deity but as a force of the human mind. The spirit of the Generación de la Ruptura also fits.))

Related articles:

https://asifoscope.org/2013/08/17/living-with-gaps-and-cracks/  and https://asifoscope.org/2013/05/19/power-and-creativity/ for the content;

https://asifoscope.org/2013/08/09/eurydice-and-orpheus/ for the form (inspired by Cesare Pavese’s book “Dialogues with Leuco.”

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