Escaping The Siren’s Song


Sirens, in ancient stories, were woman-like creatures whose singing so entranced sailors that they would blindly crash their boats into rocks. To escape them, Homer’s Odysseus famously plugged his sailors’ ears with wax and had them tie him to a mast as his ship passed the island of the sirens. This is among the best metaphors of mythology.



The song of the sirens, for us, is a craving for a free fix to our problems. It resonates through human life and large portions of our world have already crashed on the rocks.