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The Fire Elemental. Next to Water, Air, Earth and later also the Aether, it belongs to the five fundamental elements which form, according to nearly all ancient cultures, the pillars on which all creation is based on. I know, it's s not 100% accurate ^^, but I am a huge fan of mythology and those old tales fascinated me since my childhood ^^ All ancient cultures stated the Fire Elemental as the most important one any many even thought of it as the one with gave rise to the others. Fire was not only essential for survival and evolution of humankind, but also has this divine and mystical touch.
While sitting at the fireplace a couple of weeks ago, during a cold and dark night out in the forrest, I luckily picture this little fire elemental here. I'm sure it was a nature spirit revealed its presence while blessing me with light and warmth. Just look for yourself ^^ That night my favorite tale regarding fire came to my mind .. It's from Greek Mythology and about a Titan called Prometheus :)
How Prometheus stole the Fire from the Gods
Prometheus was one of the 12 Titans, the first beings ever and children of Uranus "Sky" and Gaia "Earth". You can picture Titans as the personified Elements itself ^^ .. They were also the ancestors of the Olympians, Zeus and his five sibling.
One day it happened that Prometheus was fighting alongside Zeus in the most epic battle ever, the Titanomachy. It was a 10 years lasting war between the Titans, the old Greek gods under Cronus, and the Olympians, the new Greek gods under Zeus. The war resulted in the replacement of the old pantheon on Mount Othrys by a new one on Mount Olympus.
Ohh Wow, where did this nice painting come from? Anyway, after Prometheus helped Zeus out to win his battle over the Titans, which were treated really shitty by Zeus afterwards, humankind appeared. After a while Prometheus noticed how unfair the new gods treated those. Like tyrants who rule over their "inferior creatures", not even deserving any power over the slightest element. So what do you think Prometheus did? A risky move of course ^^ He secretly stole the fire from the gods and gave it to humanity as a gift. Can you imagine how outrageous Zeus was about it? He was so pissed that he directly chained Prometheus onto a giant bolder. Then he send an eagle to him to prey upon his liver, which regenerated continously. This he repeated day for day for centuries, until Heracles, Zeus son, shot the eagle in the head and finally freed Prometheus .. Hmm .. Hmmmmmm .. Writing this up for you kind of let's me rethink why I liked those stories as a child, they are brutal .. but beautiful, maybe kind of .. brutiful!.. Please give me another painting!.. Oh, here it comes, thank you ^^
Prometheus is the Hero of Humankind
In Greek language the name Prometheus means the "Forethinker" derived from "pro"="before" and "manthano"="to learn”. This way Prometheus is imaged as a hero, even a bit like a Martyr for the better sake. Contrary to this Zeus looks like a self claimed ruler of all gods and men, treating humankind like a tyrant does. It's the Thunderer versus the Forethinker ^^
And reflecting on the evolution of mankind reveals great things. We learned how to assample fireplaces, were able to cook our food and to create warm places as our homes, and much more. As said earlier, Prometheus gift of the fire was essential for survival and evolution of humankind as we know her now. In Prometheus honor the Athenians even instituted a special race using real flaming torches. The winning team had the privilege to kindle the sacrificial fire on the altar of Athena on the Acropolis. Even nowadays this is still celebrated with the Olympic Torch Ceremony and the Relay Race during the Olympic Games.. OK, Whoever you are, do you have a picture for this too by any chance?
Is Prometheus really the Hero of Humankind?
Hmm, why did the title change suddenly? It must be an error I suppose .. Over the last thousand of years humankind used its given power to invent so many amazing things. We learned to handle the fire to forge countless tools and equipment which helped us to tackle the environment around us more efficiently.
Ups, what happened here? Just a moment please.. Oh my..
OK,.. Ehhh.. I would like to say at this point that there is absolutely no reason to worry about! Humankind was always known for its wise, sensible, reasonable, environmentally and future oriented decisions, right?
Really! .. are you kidding me? .. By the way, the last counting in 2019 listed only as few as 13,865 "registered" nuclear weapons, whereby 90% are owned by trustworthy Russia and the United States of America. And only 2087 actual nuclear weapons were brought to explosion so far. There are even more innocent people killed as colleteral damage per year in warlike conflicts.
.. OK, it is even not possible for myself to pretend to not to worry. But what would be the alerternative? A life without the power of Titans and the Gods, also it is abused maybe a tiny tiny .. tiny little bit? Wouldn't it be a horrible distopia? It would look like this everywhere!!.. Come on, show me !!
Hmm.. This is ridiculous! Something is really wrong her. I just wanted to show you my nice Fire Elemental and talk a bit about Prometheus.. Let me just.. Would you please stop this Horror now! .. Hey, where did this button suddenly came from? I didn't meant to .. piep .. WHAT THE FUCK ?!
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