Golden Mean Research Paper : Golden Meaning

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Steve Gardella
COMM 1310
Golden Mean Research Paper
Due 4/14/2015 Perhaps the earliest depiction of the idea of balance finds its home in Crete with the mythological story of Daedalus and Icarus. The story follows Daedalus, a Cretan inventor and craftsman, and his son Icarus as they are imprisoned in the labyrinth of King Minos after Daedalus betrayed the king and it was discovered. Recognizing that the two would surely face death because of the impossibility of escaping the maze by land or sea, Daedalus cleverly fashions two pairs of wings for him and his son out of osier and wax to escape through the air. He teaches Icarus how to use the wings and warns him “to wing your course along the middle air; if low, the surges wet your flagging plumes; if high, the sun the melting wax consumes.” As the myth dictates, Icarus becomes too infatuated with the sensation of flying and flies too close to the sun, thereby melting the wax and falling to his death in the sea (The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus) This story becomes the embodiment of the sense of balance.
This concept of balance has been discussed in a philosophical sense since well before the time of Aristotle and long after his death. Broadly speaking, the world has seen many belief systems and areas of thought that had a sense of balance as a central tenet. From Christianity to Islam, Greece to China, and of course the father of what is now known as the golden mean, Aristotle.
In its simplest form, the golden mean is

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