Once up a time, a long
time ago, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus.
They were good gods. They had good hearts. They were good friends.
One day, Prometheus got in trouble with
Zeus. Angry over something or other, Zeus had declared that man did not deserve fire.
Because he had a kind heart, and he knew how much man needed fire for
food and warmth, Prometheus gave man the secret of fire even though
Zeus had told all the gods not to do that. Zeus was furious that his
order had been ignored. As punishment, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for many years.
But that was not enough punishment, or
so Zeus believed. Once Prometheus was chained to a rock, Zeus went after
Prometheus' brother, the gentle, kind-hearted Epimetheus. Zeus
did not chain Epimetheus to a rock. Zeus had a more sneaky punishment
First, Zeus ordered the gods' handyman, the
maker of things - Hephaestus - to
make Zeus a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful
woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus
named his lovely new daughter Pandora.
Zeus knew that Epimetheus was lonely. Zeus
told Epimetheus that his brother had to be punished and that's why he
was chained to a rock. But Zeus felt sorry that this punishment left
Epimetheus without the company of his brother. That's why Zeus had
decided to give Pandora in marriage
Epimetheus was kind-hearted and gentle
and thoughtful, but he was no fool. He knew Zeus was up to something.
But he loved Pandora at first sight.
Zeus gave the newlyweds a gift. Some say
it was a jar. Some say it was a box. Whatever it was, it was locked.
It came with a note. The note said: DO NOT OPEN." Attached to the
note was a key. It was all very curious.
You can guess what happened next. It
was Pandora whose curiosity got the better of her. One day, she used
the key to open the box. As she raised the lid, out flew all the bad
things in the world today - envy, sickness, hate, disease. Pandora
slammed the lid closed, but it was too late.
Epimetheus heard her
weeping. He came running. Pandora opened the
lid to show him it was empty. Quickly, before she could slam the lid
shut, one tiny
bug flew out. He gave Pandora a big
buggy smile in thanks for his freedom and flew away. That tiny bug was
named Hope. And Hope made all the difference in the