Do you remember the myth of King Midas? Everything he touched turned to gold! How awesome! Wait, fuck. How do I eat now??!? This myth has a really important warning for us, and I don’t think we’ve headed yet. In this episode, I dive deep into what that lesson was and how we might take it’s advice.
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According to Aristotle, legend held that Midas died of starvation as a result of his “vain prayer” for the gold touch. The legends told about this Midas and his father Gordias, credited with founding the Phrygian capital city Gordium and tying the Gordian Knot, indicate that they were believed to have lived sometime in the 2nd millennium BC, well before the Trojan War. However, Homer does not mention Midas or Gordias, while instead mentioning two other Phrygian kings, Mygdon and Otreus.