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King Midas and the Golden Touch

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Lucy Heinrich

on 12 September 2014

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Transcript of King Midas and the Golden Touch

How did the Greeks view mythology?
The Greeks’ lives were heavily influenced by their myths and legends, their customs and traditions were told through these stories, but they also delivered morals and messages. The story of King Midas and his golden touch would have taught to Greeks not to be greedy, but to be grateful instead. The Greeks were very loyal to their Gods and Goddesses, and frequently featured them in their myths.
The Moral
The moral in this story is that you should not be greedy and appreciate what you already have, no matter how large or small. You should be grateful for your family as well, not just materialistic items and things you need to survive. Midas was very greedy, and though he was already wealthy, he desired even more gold, and forgot about what’s really important in the process.
Summary
The Message
Greed and envy will always try to tempt us, but no matter how strong our greed is, willpower and the good of heart will always be stronger
King Midas and the Golden Touch
This story tells about King Midas, a very rich and greedy man who loved gold more than anything, even more than he loved his own daughter. One day Midas gets the chance to wish for anything he wants and the king wishes for anything and everything he touches to turn to solid gold. At first Midas is completely delighted with this new gift, but soon finds that perhaps he’s made a big mistake…
Are the morals in this story still relevant?
I believe that the morals in this story are definitely still relevant to our modern world, just as the Ancient Greeks believed, we too put our families first (or, at least, we should). Even today, it is still very important not to be greedy or desire what others have, but to be grateful for what we do have. It’s also important to realize that money, in both civilizations: Ancient and modern, is not, and never will be the most important thing in the universe.
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