Monday, July 29, 2013

Sisyphus and the Rollright Stones

Sisyphus -- poor dude. Beyond that, the epitome of being condemned to repeat some heinous task over and over again -- like history. 

Ever felt like Sisyphus?

Ever tried to broker peace in the Middle East?  Seen recently a lot of productive and farsighted endeavor in the US Congress?

The Myth of Sisyphus seems pertinent to human psychology, individual and collective. This action leads to that effect. Pattern A leads to Outcome K. Person Blue always gets on Person Red's nerves. Over and over again. 

Only way to transform the fateful groove is to change a variable or a core element. Maybe a behavior. Maybe a path. Maybe a way of seeing. Hopefully, unlike Sisyphus, many a person usually enjoys a fighting chance for a change in fate or direction. Or maybe not. What do you think? Do people tend to have more options than they seem to think, or really none at all?

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Sometimes finishing a novel feels like a sisyphusian task. If that is a word.

jodi said...

Erik, my son got the office cracking up when he pronounced a filing task that was of epic sisyphusian porportions! A few referenced the B.C. guy!