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The New Prometheus

In the original myth of Prometheus, the hero ascends mount Olympus, where he fools the gods and steals fire from them. Returning to the surface world, this fire is given to humanity and used to build civilization. But Zeus is angry with Prometheus and condemns him to be tortured for eternity.

Recent information made available thru the Freedom of Information Act indicates some important details of the myth have been left out. It turns out the gods knew Prometheus was coming and was planning to rob them. So the gods hid all of the good fires and left only the worst one behind for Prometheus to steal [Prometheus wrongly assumed there was only one kind of fire]. Thus Prometheus returned to earth with the wrong fire and with the wrong intent and correspondingly built the wrong society.

There is now a place for a new kind of Prometheus. One who works with the gods instead of stealing from them and uses the best fires, which the gods hid from Prometheus in the places we have only now started to look for them - in the wind, in the sea and in the sun.

It is time we started working with nature - instead of stealing from it, harnessing the power of renewable resources in wind, solar and sea-based technology. And with these we can build a new civilization.