Greek Myth: How to Save a Life by Being Adamant
Adamanthea was a Greek nymph who hid the infant god Zeus from his baby-devouring father, Cronus. Because Cronus was the Lord of earth, sky and sea, the clever goddess realized she could only hide the infant Zeus if he was not in one of those realms.
So she suspended his cradle from the branch of a tree, putting him between the earth and sky. Thus she was able to hide the child god and nurture him, until he could grow strong enough to challenge his father.
What's in a Name?
The name Adamanthea is composed of adaman , meaning “unbreakable” or “untameable,” and thea , “goddess.” This Greek nymph is mostly forgotten by English speakers today, but we find the trace of her spirit in our word, “adamant.” Although this word is often associated with stubbornness and being wilful or inflexible, it also means constant and determined. Adamanthea would not waver in her mission to save Zeus, and because she would not give up his life was saved.
Adamant originally came into the English language as a reference to a very hard stone, or to a hypothetical “strongest” metal. Related words are adamantine – as in adamantine steel – and adamantium >, a fictional metal in the Marvel Universe that is associated with such characters as Wolverine, Captain America, Hercules, and Thor.
Learning to Be Adamant
Like the African goddess Oshun , Adamanthea can teach us a life lesson.
To be adamant can be seen in a less than attractive light: a person who insists, often on something unreasonable, and will not be moved. But we would do well to remember that the spirit of Adamanthea was to protect, and that her great power lay not in fighting with physical force, but in being able to escape the constraints of conventional thought .
Be adamant: think outside the box! When faced with a difficult challenge it helps to look at the situation from a new and unique viewpoint. Take a step to the left or the right of your usual perspective, and apply a little creativity to the problem. Often the people who are expert at problem solving simply refuse to be bound by the assumptions of those who have tried to surmount an obstacle, and failed. Their refusal to accept that a situation is impossible, and their ability to visualize a new way of doing things, places them in very high demand wherever they go in life.
“ Adamantium ” (Marvel Comic Database)
Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders, “ Adamanthea ” ( Godchecker )
Douglas Harper, “ Adamant ” (Online Etymology Dictionary)
Note: This content has been adapted from an original piece by the author, which has since been removed from Bubblews
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