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In ancient Greece, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus, who annoyed the gods, particularly Zeus, the king of all gods, because of their disrespect to them. The first time this happened, Zeus took away the ability to make fire; but Epimetheus stole fire from a blacksmith who uses fire to keep his forge hot. That got them into a lot of trouble. But even in the bad times to come, hope will still be there.
Because of the constant disrespect, Zeus decided to punish the humans a second time.
With the help of the goddess Aphrodite, Zeus made a woman so beautiful, that no man would turn her down. Hermes taught her to be charming and cunning. Zeus named her Pandora and gave her as a gift to Epimetheus, who married her. Zeus was happy because his plan was working. Zeus gave Pandora a box as a wedding gift, and he said that he would give her it under one condition: that she never opens it.
Like any other person, she was itching to open it, but she obeyed Zeus and did not open it. But eventually, she knew that if she didn't open it, she would go mad! So while Epimetheus wasn't in the room, she turned the key in the lock of the box, and opened it slowly.
She expected to see fine silks, gowns or gold bracelets and necklaces or even piles of gold coins. but instead of that, Zeus had packed it with all of the evils he could think of. Disease, poverty, misery, death, and sadness all came out, in the form of tiny buzzing moths. They stung her over and over until she smashed the lid shut.
Epimetheus heard her cries of pain, and rushed to help her, and Pandora kept hearing something calling her to the box. They both decided that there was nothing worse than the evils that came out of the box, so they opened it a second time. Instead of evil, hope came out in the shape of a dragonfly. It landed on Pandora's wounds and healed them, and then took off. So even though she released evil into the world, hope followed them.
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