The Odyssey of it All

I am browsing through Homer’s epic tale The Iliad and The Odyssey. It is rough to read.  Well, it is long and somewhat dry.  One line that stood out for me was spoken by Zeus, described as “the sire of gods and men.” He said, “See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly.”

How true of us mere mortals.  We lay blame for  everything wrong that happens to us on everyone else,  and rarely do we take the blame for wrong  things that we have done. We carry the characteristics of the biblical Adam and Eve.

God asked Adam why he disobeyed Him concerning the tree of knowledge of good and evil (don’t eat the fruit). Adam blamed the woman who ate the fruit, and the woman in turn blamed the snake (who apparently talked well enough to manipulate Eve and possibly was the inspiration for J.K Rowling’s Nagini). The snake didn’t say anything because he achieved what he set out to do – cause people to disobey God. Here is the blame game operating in its finest moment.

We blame the gods for the folly from our own hands. I’m learning a few things from Homer.