Friday, September 23, 2016

If you were offered power, wisdom or beauty, which would you chose?

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, promising Paris 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).

If you appreciate the film, likes are always helpful. You can also join the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment section below the video. Thanks for watching!

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