Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ulysses and the sirens
"Circe offers Ulysses some sound advice: when passing by the Sirens, plug your ears with wax to avoid being lured by their enchanting songs.
Odysseus has his crew tie him to the mast and put wax in their ears. He must be able to hear when the songs stop in order to tell the crew when to remove the wax from their ears. He is enchanted by the lure of the Sirens and tries to escape, but the crew follows his previous orders and bind him tighter around the mast so he will not escape. Eventually, the ship is past the Sirens and all is well."
One wonders, what would have happened if humans and sirens mingled, would another species have developed ? Marine humans ?
Would we have exterminated them by now ?