Some of the stories from classical Greek philosophy and mythology leave me with a lingering sense of philosophical angst. In an earlier article, I wrote about how Plato’s allegory of the cave always makes me self-conscious of whether I have adequately tested my beliefs and overall world-and-life view. It’s difficult to shake the image of sitting in a dark cave while looking at shadows on the wall. But, then, maybe everyone should be so bothered concerning the truthfulness of their deepest beliefs.
Another Greek tale that continues to stimulate my thinking is the story of Sisyphus. Charged by Zeus with great evil and treachery, Sisyphus is condemned to the task of rolling a large boulder up a hill only to then see it roll back down and to repeat this arduous undertaking forever. Sisyphus is destined to work everlastingly for no results, forever engaged in boring, and pointless labor that…
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