Our Daedalian Dystopia


In contemporary society, we are familiar enough with the amoral/immoral technocrat, the inventor who is so carried away with the thrill of creation that they do not consider the consequences of engineering it in the first place. The character type dates back to antiquity in the form of Daedalus. While early-level myth textbooks may simply introduce him as the stock type of the inventor, it serves to note that he is the only character in myth imbued with the precise type of scientific and engineering intelligence which he has. The other candidate for smartest mortal in Greek myth would in the estimation of most people likely be Odysseus, but his is the intelligence of a sophisticated grifter, and is best captured in that description of the Grinch:

“But do you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick, that he thought up a lie and he thought it…

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Published by Vincent S Artale Jr

Biblical studies, Health and Nutrition, Biology, Fitness, Hiking, Reading. Re-blogging doesn't equal agreement.

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