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The Flight of Icarus

Posted by Brandon Bernard on Sun, Apr 07, 2013

The Greek legend of Icarus is a tale of caution. Daedalus was a talented Athenian craftsman who built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete to imprison the Minotaur. However, the king imprisoned Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in the Labyrinth as punishment for giving the king’s daughter a ball of string that allowed Theseus to defeat the Minotaur and get out of the Labyrinth. Daedalus designed two pairs of wings, one for him and another set for Icarus. These wings were made of wax and feathers. Daedalus told his son before their first test flight that he should follow him, instructing him to avoid the sea and beware of getting too close to the sun. In a classic example of hubris and failed ambition, Icarus became so excited about the ability to fly that he began to soar higher and higher. With wings made of wax, Icarus soon found that he was only flapping his arms for the wax had all melted away and no feathers remained. He crashed and drowned in the sea that would be named after him, the Icarian Sea. Flying too close to the sun has now become synonymous with hubris and is something to be avoided.

Until now!

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