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Prometheus and Fire

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Prometheus was a hero fighting for the progress of mankind. He was Titan, and served the Gods, charged with separating the sacrificial meat to be served to Gods and humans. The Gods had first choice. Prometheus prepared two sacks, one containing succulent food, and the other, a larger more enticing one, containing bones and skins. The Gods chose the larger bag and were deceived.

As a punishment, Zeus deprived humanity of fire, but again Prometheus intervened, stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. He received a severe punishment; he was bound to a mountain (Caucasus) and an eagle would daily eat his liver. This sentence was endless because Prometheus´ liver recovered during the night.

Food represents energy. Giving the best portion to humans, Prometheus was helping man to get stronger. He also brought us the fire, a symbol of consciousness. For humanity to develop, we need fire, more and more consciousness.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

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Prometeu e o Fogo

Prometeu foi um herói que lutou pelo progresso da humanidade. Ele era Titan, e servia aos deuses, encarregado de separar a carne sacrificial a ser servida a deuses e seres humanos.. Prometeu preparou dois sacos, um contendo comida suculenta, e outro, maior e mais atraente, contendo ossos e peles. Os deuses tinham primeira escolha; eles escolheram o saco maior e foram enganados.

Como castigo, Zeus privou a humanidade do fogo, mas, novamente, Prometeu interveio, roubando o fogo dos deuses e dando à humanidade. Por este ato, recebeu uma punição severa. Foi acorrentado a uma montanha (Cáucaso) e uma águia diariamente comia seu fígado. Esta punição era eterna porque o fígado de Prometeu se recuperava durante a noite.

Comida representa a energia. Ao dar a melhor parte para os seres humanos, Prometeu ajudava os humanos a ficarem mais fortes. Ele também nos deu o fogo, símbolo da consciência. Para a humanidade se desenvolver, precisamos de fogo, de mais e mais consciência.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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