Welcome to the second edition of Marcozo Meditations! This time, we’re looking at a challenge that we all face: How to become a better version of yourself.
There is a well-known ancient Greek tale that speaks to this very topic:
The myth of the Minotaur and Theseus:
According to the myth, King Minos of Crete demanded that Athens send seven boys and seven girls every nine years to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull creature that lived in a labyrinth beneath his palace.
Theseus, a prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the victims. But he wanted to defeat the Minotaur and end the sacrifices.
Before entering the labyrinth, Theseus met Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, who fell in love with him. She gave him a ball of thread to help him find his way out of the maze. Theseus made his way through the labyrinth, defeated the Minotaur, and led the other Athenians to safety.
What can we learn from this?
The story of Theseus and the Minotaur is a metaphor for personal growth and transformation.
- Theseus represents the individual who must confront their inner demons and fears in order to become a better version of themselves.
- The labyrinth symbolizes the challenges and obstacles that one must face in life.
- The thread represents the guiding principle or inner compass that can lead one to the path of self-discovery and personal fulfillment.
You are just like Theseus. You also have a labyrinth in your life that you have to navigate. The only way you can do that is by holding on to your ball of thread — your inner compass.