Life–transforming JOURNEYS

Recently I saw my niece perform in a high-school production of Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. It was surprisingly moving to hear these students in togas and spandex retelling ancient myths about the journey from enslaving material desires to larger, more unselfish views of life.

There was King Midas, for instance, whose lust for gold turned his daughter into a lifeless statue. His only hope to restore her was to journey to the ends of the earth to find a certain pool in which to wash his hands. Then there was Ceyx, the happily married man who left the ease of home to go to sea. If he didn't go, he feared, he would turn into a "domesticated, diminished lap dog."

A whole new horizon
December 29, 2003

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