Pan’s Penance

book_4Pan was the ancient Greek mythological god of the shepherds. He is depicted as the lusty half goat-half human seducer of the nymphs. He plied his charms frequently and by all accounts successfully. He failed most notably with Syrinx who was avowed to remain chaste. She was turned into reed to escape his lechery, so Pan cut the reed down and made his famous flute.

This book explores the modern versions of the same moral dilemmas the fertile minds of our forefathers grappled with. But one new notion stands out…the notion of Reverse Metamorphosis. A caterpillar metamorphoses into a beautiful butterfly. It is we who love the butterfly and loathe the caterpillar. We get silk and a beautiful butterfly once the metamorphosis is complete. But the silk is not a present the caterpillar gives us. It is a by-product of its natural functions. We can only have it because the worm no longer needs it. It has already become a butterfly! But how many of us realize that the butterfly is still the caterpillar? The metamorphosis has been of its physical appearance not of the soul…

…then before our eyes, the butterfly becomes a caterpillar again!

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