May. 12th, 2013

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It occurs to me that Pandora gets a bad rap.

Her story is used as example of the dangers of curiosity. Or worse, as misogynistic tale of the problems that result when you leave women on their own without supervision.

So we get:

"Pandora's curiosity got the better of her and she opened a box. Bad things happened."

This leaves out the bit at the end about hope. And I think that should be regarded as the important part.

"Pandora dared the unknown and in doing so, brought hope to the world."

Pandora shouldn't be held up as a cautionary tale, she should be held up as an example. An explorer, or a scientist even.

Of course, this is dependent on the debatable point of 'hope' outweighing 'all the evils of the world.'

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