No More Lame Excuses

June 16, 2011

Sing, clear voiced Muse, of Hephaistos, renowned for his inventive skill, who with grey-eyed Athene, taught to men upon earth arts of great splendor, men who in former days lived like wild beasts in mountain caves. But having learned skills from Hephaestus, famed for his work and craftsmanship, they now, free from care, peacefully live year by year in their houses. Be gracious, Hephaestus, and grant me excellence and prosperity! 
–Homeric Hymn to Hephaestus 

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  1. I don’t think Hephaistos gets the respect he deserves.

  2. Possibly because as a ‘disabled’ person, his true worth is overlooked and society’s definition of ‘disabled’ is rather broad. I can recall being called a cripple when at a work function held at a Chinese restaurant; because I didn’t know how to use chopsticks. Hephaistos is the Dude as far as I’m concerned.

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