Seriously_Real 49M
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6/3/2006 8:31 pm

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Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, sprang fully-formed from the brow of Zeus. Though many know of the nature of her birth, few know of the nature of her conception and gestation.

Metis was a Titanness, possessed Intellect, and Zeus lusted for her. She avoided his charms, changing forms many times to throw him. Finally, however, Zeus calmed her, wooed her, and bedded her. The Oracle at Delphi predicted that Metis' second child would overthrow Zeus, so Zeus ate Metis.

Zeus developed a bit of a headache.

The other gods became concerned and Hermes directed Haephestus to drive a wedge into Zeus' skull. Out of his head came Athena, fully formed, clad in armor.

And so it was that Wisdom (Athena), the daughter of Intellect (Metis) and Power (Zeus), arrived on the scene.


Wisdom begins with a kind of soul-Intellect, a deeper and transcendant knowledge that is elusive to most, and is only subdued with effort.

Wisdom can be internalized, often not without difficulty (one supposes Metis did not allow herself to be eaten voluntarily).

Once internalized, the growth continues within, and such growth can be painful, as well.

And it may often take an act of emotional violence as real as a wedge to the skull to fully deliver on the promise that the Wisdom brings.

Fully formed, from the brow of Zeus, Athena was born. But she was not born overnight.

Wisdom, to be useful, is born of pain.


What is the point, Seriously?

Ask Zeus and Metis whether Athena was worth it.


PurplePeach72 45F  
9199 posts
6/3/2006 10:22 pm

Its funny, but do remember as a kid hearing the words, Oh you are having growing pains. IT seems that real growth only comes about with pain. Through most of our life's we watch others struggle and the pain they suffer, yet we will not accept or learn from watching them. We must suffer. I guess grandma was right when she said if it don't kill you it will make you stronger. We don't like, I have never enjoyed the pain of gaining insight or wisdom. But it is the only way I truly grow. It pained me to watch as LeeAnn was hurt today. She so much more understands what happens when others take you for granted and how easy you can get hurt here on the adult playground. I hate it, but she has learned from her pain. She is most likely writing one of her new blogs about as I am her. Was it worth it. I think she will also say yes. The old adage of "no pain no gain" applies to more than just the gym.


Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:38 am:
I suppose that's the moral of the story. The pain is worth the wisdom in the end. It just sure as fuck doesn't feel like it, you know?

curious082385 32F
4925 posts
6/3/2006 10:45 pm

As painful as experience can be sometimes...the greatest lessons can come from it.
"No pain, no gain"
"Trial by fire..."

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:38 am:
yep. And so it is....

OboesHonedIambs 63F

6/4/2006 12:34 am

Athena has always been a symbol of wisdom for least since I was 8 and read Hamilton's book on mythology. She is also the patroness of cities, architects and is a battle goddess fighting on the side of righteous war. In the Homeric hymns, she is a lover of battle along with Ares, and "who saves the people as they go to war and back." In her Roman guise as Minerva, she was the originial icon for the U.S. Women's Army Corps up into the 1960s when the WAC was made part of the regular Army.

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Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:39 am:
I think Athena, next to Aphrodite, might just be the greatest of the Goddesses.

imLadyBambi 59M/51F

6/4/2006 8:59 am

Ouch, that made my head hurt - just like Zeus! (Don't you just hate it when such great lessons are lost on the feeble minded)?

Lady Bambi

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:40 am:
Oh, now don't feign feeble-mindedness...

Mermaidslut 51F

6/4/2006 11:13 am

Well I don't like it. *pout*

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:40 am:
Yeah. I'm with you. *sits down next to mermaid and pouts*

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
6/4/2006 4:26 pm

    Quoting newaroundhere64:
    I think there's a process that turns curiosity into understanding, understanding into comprehension, comprehension into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. It's called life experience. After awhile, the pain feel good! just mho...
yeah. what he said.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:40 am:
And yeah, what I said to him.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
6/4/2006 4:28 pm

oh I TRIED to resist but I just have to trot this out one more time. A former meditation teacher of mine used to say that when we use both our brain and our heart at the same time to process info and make decisions, we are in effect, using our soul.

OK, so it's not exactly what you're talking about. And it's far less eloquent and has a bit of a Hallmark ring to it. But still...

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:41 am:
I like it, Hallmark moment or not....

pretzel_logic2 41M
31 posts
6/4/2006 8:00 pm

"What is the point, Seriously?

Ask Zeus and Metis whether Athena was worth it."

If you think of her as Athena, the answer will always be yes, she's worth it.

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:41 am:
I do my best not to turn mere mortals into goddesses anymore...

rm_AnOddGirl 58F
3469 posts
6/4/2006 10:21 pm

With great power comes great responsibility.


Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:42 am:

saddletrampsk 55F

6/5/2006 3:41 pm

Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, sprang fully-formed from the brow of Zeus.

Ouch..think of the headache..pass me a tylenol..

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:43 am:
I love how Zeus had his head split open with an axe....heh.

absolutelynormal 57F
6563 posts
6/5/2006 7:41 pm

OMG, and I just thought I have an ingrown eyebrow hair!

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:43 am:
Ouch! That sounds painful...

rm_goddess1946 107F
13518 posts
6/5/2006 9:07 pm

Athena is alive and well in more women than you can
imagine and her *worth* is great.

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...

Seriously_Real replies on 6/8/2006 6:44 am:
I know, but I STILLLL don't put mortals on Olympus.

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