The Myth : The Story Of The Minotaur

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Although the story of the Minotaur is only a myth, there is much one can learn by thoughtfully considering each of the various characters and their behaviors or reactions. In the story, one can observe how Minos, the king of Crete and stepfather of the Minotaur, was cruel, ruthless and selfish. As the story continues, one comes to understand that how one behaves impacts many others not just him- or her- self. When Minos was selfish and did not sacrifice the white bull, not only was his wife and “son” effected by the punishment of the Minotaur’s existence, but also the innocent seven male and seven female virgin Athenians. As time went on, the king became more cruel and ruthless, instead of learning from his selfishness and striving to repair the damage he had caused. Today, one can see that egocentricity occurs countless times in this present society. Granted, there are many generous people who offer great empathy to several who might never receive kindness. Just so, there are those who are not generous with their resources and often become figuratively cruel and vicious. Most of today’s difficulties are results of one’s selfishness. For instance, the poor and destitute, the mentally imbalanced, and those who are left undefended and unguarded. More pointedly, the unborn, the elderly and the neglected child. If one had altruism and compassion for others, our world would not be as it is today. In the Minotaur’s story, his mother, Pasiphae, experienced much disgrace

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