If you had to pick between power, wisdom or beauty, which would you chose? That’s the set up in the Greek myth, The Judgment of Paris. An “Apple of Discord” in thrown in the midst of a wedding party as a symbol of beauty. A dispute arises between Goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite who all claim the apple. They asked Zeus to decide which of them is the “fairest of them all.” Being a wise old bird, Zeus is not about to get himself involved in this no win situation. He picks a Trojan mortal,
Paris to decide. All three
Goddesses appear to Paris
and offer their various temptations. It was Aphrodite that won the apple,
the most beautiful woman in the world. Unfortunately, this woman, Helen, was
already married. Her abduction led to the Trojan War, where the Greeks launched
a thousand ships to retrieve her.
|What will you choose to do? Still from the film.|
Myths offer memorable insights into the human condition and offer us clues to what lies beyond the physical world. That’s why they can be flipped and updated even now because of these universal truths. In my new short film, “The Apple of Discord,” we see a different outcome of
Paris’ decision. It doesn’t start a physical
war, but an internal one. It’s a battlefield over a current obsession of our
culture. What will the causalities of such an obsession be? Explore this
question for yourself by viewing the short film here (Be sure to select HD).