Does the Golden Fleece Symbolize Self-Actualization?

indelible-adventures:

Book I: Fabula

            Myth has always been an integral part of every culture because it’s often used to reflect the values and traditions of that culture. Myths are frequently similar in plot, in that a heroic character must undergo a quest.  Heroes from various cultures throughout history include Gilgamesh, Herakles, Beowulf, and Jason who famously captures the Golden Fleece in the Greek epic The Argonautica.  Although myth displays values and traditions of a culture, its most indispensable use has been its guideline or relationship to self-actualization. Myth is universal because of its ability to relate self-actualization to people, who share a universal desire to become self-actualized. For example in The Argonautica, the Golden Fleece symbolizes the act of becoming self-actualized.

Book II: Cogito Ergo Sum

            Self-actualization is not an accomplishment; it is an experience of realizing one’s personal potential. When one has become self-actualized they have a clearer understanding of themselves and the realistic world. According to Maslow, only one in a hundred people will ever become self-actualized, and even then it is not a constant state.  This ebb and flow is due to external forces including difficult life experiences like losing a job, or a loved one.  Self-actualized people are perceived as being independent, comfortable with themselves, unbiased, compassionate, and creative. Because they are comfortable with themselves, they don’t feel the need to express themselves heroically or extravagantly. Self-actualized people can seem ordinary with mundane jobs and lifestyles that blend in with society. In this sense, success, which can be measured in many ways and with trivial things, is not important to them; they are content and fulfilled with life’s experiences. Often in myth, the quest the hero undergoes is more relevant than the whether he is successful. In order for the hero to be self-actualized, he doesn’t necessarily have to be triumphant and undefeated in his quest. Therefore in The Argonautica, Jason obtaining the Golden Fleece is the pinnacle of the story, not Jason’s success in gaining power as king or even being perceived as a hero in the end of the story.

Book III: Quid Est Homo?

            Many people have an inaccurate perception that we are all separate from each other because they only focus on peoples’ trivial differences. However, one thing that connects all of us is the desire for self-actualization. Circumstances such as age, gender, or ethnicity in no way hinder the desire to be self-actualized. Maslow further investigated this common thread and concluded, “All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.” Marianne Williamson similarly describes peoples’ desire and capability to reach a self-actualized state in her poem ‘Our Deepest Fear’ when she says, “We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.” Although achieving self-actualization is enticing it is equally petrifying. Marianne Williamson describes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” This fear can sometimes delay our progress towards self-actualization. For example Maslow claims that at any time we can either “step forward into growth or step back into safety.” Many of these struggles have been reflected through Jason’s actions during and after his journey to obtain the Golden Fleece.

Book IV: Vellus Aurei

            The Golden Fleece has played an important role throughout the Argonautica because of how it has reflected self-actualization. Specifically in the Argonautica, the Golden Fleece was a coveted object that could only be acquired by completing seemingly impossible tasks. Jason hesitantly “steps forward into growth” when he first accepts the challenge from Pelias. Up to the point of obtaining the Fleece Jason is helped countless times, which was surprising. He is a peculiar hero that seems oddly human when compared to other myths with heroes that accomplish everything effortlessly and with their own strengths. His “weaknesses” and hesitations sidetrack him on his journey just as we are challenged in our daily lives to become self-actualized. The act of becoming self-actualized is reflected when Jason obtains the Fleece, however he does not necessarily remain self-actualized because of the inevitable ebb and flow of life’s experiences. Self-actualized people are not perfect, and so even if Jason experienced periods of self-actualization, he may have been impolite, irritable, or even narcissistic.  

Book V: Finis

            Self-actualization has been a universal goal that is best reflected in myth. The fact that myth has survived for thousands of years proves that self-actualization is still a crucial, yet difficult goal for individuals to achieve.  The Golden Fleece is only one example of a guideline and relationship to self-actualization among many others that are found in myths. Particularly in the Argonautica, the Golden Fleece reflects how valuable self-actualization is and also how it is achievable for everyone.

 I wrote this several months ago after my Latin class translated The Argonautica, and submitted it as my final. At first i dreaded any kind of interpretation, but i really got into it and hope to write more papers like this in the future.  I would love to here your thoughts on this idea. 

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nunc-iam-illa-non-vult:

Hot damn, Akinator. I’m impressed.

nunc-iam-illa-non-vult:

Hot damn, Akinator. I’m impressed.

becuzbacon:

she is petrified and so am i

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sheep-girl:

teenage girls actually have to go through a lot of bullshit and the fact that it’s considered cool to make fun of them for being upset or emotional is kind of gross

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javeliner:

think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries

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littlebearofasgard:

tyleroakley:

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I am death. 

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you mean improved your life

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chamberlian:

My work gives me a whiteboard for customer communication.  
Unfortunately they don’t give me a dictionary.

chamberlian:

My work gives me a whiteboard for customer communication.  

Unfortunately they don’t give me a dictionary.

Go on then

  • 1: Full name
  • 2: Age
  • 3: 3 Fears
  • 4: 3 things I love
  • 5: 4 turns on
  • 6: 4 turns off
  • 7: My best friend
  • 8: Sexual orientation
  • 9: My best first date
  • 10: How tall am I
  • 11: What do I miss
  • 12: What time were I born
  • 13: Favourite color
  • 14: Do I have a crush
  • 15: Favourite quote
  • 16: Favourite place
  • 17: Favourite food
  • 18: Do I use sarcasm
  • 19: What am I listening to right now
  • 20: First thing I notice in new person
  • 21: Shoe size
  • 22: Eye color
  • 23: Hair color
  • 24: Favourite style of clothing
  • 25: Ever done a prank call?
  • 27: Meaning behind my URL
  • 28: Favourite movie
  • 29: Favourite song
  • 30: Favourite band
  • 31: How I feel right now
  • 32: Someone I love
  • 33: My current relationship status
  • 34: My relationship with my parents
  • 35: Favourite holiday
  • 36: Tattoos and piercing i have
  • 37: Tattoos and piercing i want
  • 38: The reason I joined Tumblr
  • 39: Do I and my last ex hate each other?
  • 40: Do I ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts?
  • 41: Have I ever kissed the last person you texted?
  • 42: When did I last hold hands?
  • 43: How long does it take me to get ready in the morning?
  • 44: Have You shaved your legs in the past three days?
  • 45: Where am I right now?
  • 46: If I were drunk & can’t stand, who’s taking care of me?
  • 47: Do I like my music loud or at a reasonable level?
  • 48: Do I live with my Mom and Dad?
  • 49: Am I excited for anything?
  • 50: Do I have someone of the opposite sex I can tell everything to?
  • 51: How often do I wear a fake smile?
  • 52: When was the last time I hugged someone?
  • 53: What if the last person I kissed was kissing someone else right in front of me?
  • 54: Is there anyone I trust even though I should not?
  • 55: What is something I disliked about today?
  • 56: If I could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
  • 57: What do I think about most?
  • 58: What’s my strangest talent?
  • 59: Do I have any strange phobias?
  • 60: Do I prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
  • 61: What was the last lie I told?
  • 62: Do I perfer talking on the phone or video chatting online?
  • 63: Do I believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
  • 64: Do I believe in magic?
  • 65: Do I believe in luck?
  • 66: What's the weather like right now?
  • 67: What was the last book I've read?
  • 68: Do I like the smell of gasoline?
  • 69: Do I have any nicknames?
  • 70: What was the worst injury I've ever had?
  • 71: Do I spend money or save it?
  • 72: Can I touch my nose with a tounge?
  • 73: Is there anything pink in 10 feets from me?
  • 74: Favourite animal?
  • 75: What was I doing last night at 12 AM?
  • 76: What do I think is Satan’s last name is?
  • 77: What’s a song that always makes me happy when I hear it?
  • 78: How can you win my heart?
  • 79: What would I want to be written on my tombstone?
  • 80: What is my favorite word?
  • 81: My top 5 blogs on tumblr
  • 82: If the whole world were listening to me right now, what would I say?
  • 83: Do I have any relatives in jail?
  • 84: I accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow me with the super-power of my choice! What is that power?
  • 85: What would be a question I’d be afraid to tell the truth on?
  • 86: What is my current desktop picture?
  • 87: Had sex?
  • 88: Bought condoms?
  • 89: Gotten pregnant?
  • 90: Failed a class?
  • 91: Kissed a boy?
  • 92: Kissed a girl?
  • 93: Have I ever kissed somebody in the rain?
  • 94: Had job?
  • 95: Left the house without my wallet?
  • 96: Bullied someone on the internet?
  • 97: Had sex in public?
  • 98: Played on a sports team?
  • 99: Smoked weed?
  • 100: Did drugs?
  • 101: Smoked cigarettes?
  • 102: Drank alcohol?
  • 103: Am I a vegetarian/vegan?
  • 104: Been overweight?
  • 105: Been underweight?
  • 106: Been to a wedding?
  • 107: Been on the computer for 5 hours straight?
  • 108: Watched TV for 5 hours straight?
  • 109: Been outside my home country?
  • 110: Gotten my heart broken?
  • 111: Been to a professional sports game?
  • 112: Broken a bone?
  • 113: Cut myself?
  • 114: Been to prom?
  • 115: Been in airplane?
  • 116: Fly by helicopter?
  • 117: What concerts have I been to?
  • 118: Had a crush on someone of the same sex?
  • 119: Learned another language?
  • 120: Wore make up?
  • 121: Lost my virginity before I was 18?
  • 122: Had oral sex?
  • 123: Dyed my hair?
  • 124: Voted in a presidential election?
  • 125: Rode in an ambulance?
  • 126: Had a surgery?
  • 127: Met someone famous?
  • 128: Stalked someone on a social network?
  • 129: Peed outside?
  • 130: Been fishing?
  • 131: Helped with charity?
  • 132: Been rejected by a crush?
  • 133: Broken a mirror?
  • 134: What do I want for birthday?
  • 135: How many kids do I want and what will be their names?
  • 136: Was I named after anyone?
  • 137: Do I like my handwriting?
  • 138: What was my favourite toy as a child?
  • 139: Favourite Tv Show?
  • 140: Where do I want to live when older?
  • 141: Play any musical instrument?
  • 142: One of my scars, how did I get it?
  • 143: Favourite pizza toping?
  • 144: Am I afraid of the dark?
  • 145: Am I afraid of heights?
  • 146: Have I ever got caught sneaking out or doing anything bad?
  • 147: Have I ever tried my hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
  • 148: What I'm really bad at
  • 149: What my greatest achievments are
  • 150: The meanest thing somebody has ever said to me
  • 151: What I'd do if I won in a lottery
  • 152: What do I like about myself
  • 153: My closest Tumblr friend
  • 154: Something I fantasise about
  • 155: Any question you'd like?

melkior:

send hELP

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ohawkguy:

the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook.

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awkward-fallen-angel:

hotdamndemondean:

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i also bet they ship them as much as we do

They probably have a money pool going of bets on who will tell the other first and when they will admit that they love one another.

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nokiabae:

my biggest fear is I’m married & my husband says, “let’s cut sugar out of our diet” so I have to leave with the kids in the middle of the night

Or just processed foods in general. Sorry, but no one is taking Doritos away from me….

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lokicolouredglasses:

fandom-universe:

kungfucarrie:

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”

"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."


(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.

lokicolouredglasses:

fandom-universe:

kungfucarrie:

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”

"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.

"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."

"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."

(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)

This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.

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