Seth Godin, on the story of Icarus

In an interview on having the courage to break the status quo, Seth Godin tells the REAL story of Icarus, before it was changed during the industrial age.

A Greek myth, a story I’ve heard before and I’m sure you have too. Icarus, son of Daedalus are stranded on a desert island. Daedalus makes wings out of feathers and puts them on Icarus with was, warning him not to fly too high and close to the sun or they’ll melt and he will perish. Icarus becomes so ecstatic with the ability to fly that he disobeys and dies. EXCEPT, Godin points out that that’s not what the myth says in 1700, 1500, 1200 AD. They changed it, it used to say: ‘but more important, don’t fly too low, if you fly too low, the water and the mist will weigh down your wings and you will surely perish.’Β The people in power, the industrialists, want us to fly lower and be fearful of flying too high or taking risks because we’re easier to control that way. People who have the courage to fly higher change the status quo and people in charge are never in favor of that. Marketing and social media seduces us to thinking we’re supposed to fit in more. But what if true courage meant sticking our necks out, risking failure, risking freefalling, being willing to fail over and over again until we figure it out? What if…







One thought on “Seth Godin, on the story of Icarus

  1. I also just recently started reading Seth Godin. His Ikarus observation is so smart. Who would have known about the original ending? Interesting (and sad) how the myth has been crippled to only half the wisdom it contained, isn’t it?


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