Homer

Nietzsche on Odysseus’ struggle for happiness.

Consider Odysseus, Homer’s Archean hero of the Odyssey.  He was brave, fearless, headstrong, and courageous.  Leaving his beloved Ithaca for war and peace, and abandoning what truly made him happy: his home, wife, and son.  Sailing alongside Odysseus we ask ourselves if he will ever return to Ithaca. If only Odysseus had realized happiness was more than pursing this journey.  We want to yell out at him, “Don’t you realize? true happiness can only be defined within yourself.” (more…)