What Are Do You Want? Essay

1828 Words Oct 13th, 2016 8 Pages
What Mortals Want
Gods and celebrities alike are held on a pedestal [untouchable] my mortal men. Some mortals even have shrines to commemorate these higher beings, but as stories and history has shown these higher beings have very human qualities and emotions… So what sets [them] apart? Clay Routledge, a social Psychologist researching how people view themselves has an impact on their lives, writes an article To Feel meaningful is to Feel Immortal. Scott Barry Kaufman, is a psychologist who’s field of study is on positive psychology, and has done an essay on Why do you Want to be Famous? These two articles explain why people want to be like [gods], and by doing so, explained the question above, what sets [them] apart? To put it simply: Power, being respected or worshipped, and being immortal in one way or another.
To have power, is to have control over one’s life and control over the world. The Gods in Ovid have changed the world and lives of so many mortals with so little thought and care, but what of the mortals who wish to change their lives and world? Phaethon, son of Apollo, who has the attitude of his father, but none of the power. So why does Phaeton want that power? Well according to Kaufman, it is “vulnerability (e.g, ‘I want to be famous because it would help me overcome issues i have about myself.’)” Phaethon does feel vulnerable, especially post altercation [with Epaphus]. He wonders if Apollo is truly his father, or if it is just a fabricated lie by his mother…

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