Once up a time, a long time ago, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus. They were good gods. They had good hearts. They were good friends.
I am Epimetheus.
I am Prometheus.
You're in big trouble for disobeying me. As punishment you'll be chained to a rock.
One day, Prometheus got in trouble with Zeus. Zeus had declared that man did not deserve fire. Prometheus gave man the secret of fire even though Zeus had forbidden it. Zeus was furious that his order had been ignored. As punishment, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for many years.
But man needs fire for food and warmth.
But that was not enough punishment, not for Zeus. Once Prometheus was chained to a rock, he went after Prometheus' brother, the gentle, kind-hearted Epimetheus. Zeus did not chain Epimetheus to a rock. Zeus had a more sneaky punishment in mind. He knew that Epimetheus was lonely.
Help! I've been chained to this rock for an eternity.
Make me a daughter so beautiful that Epimetheus will fall in love with her.
Zeus ordered the gods' handyman, the maker of things - Hephaestus - to make him a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus named his lovely new daughter Pandora.
Epimetheus was no fool. He knew Zeus was up to something. But he loved Pandora at first sight. The gift came with a note. The note said: "DO NOT OPEN." Attached to the note was a key.
A wedding gift from Zeus how wonderful. But it's locked. How curious?
I'm so sad...look what I have done. All these terrible things.
Pandora's whose got the better of her. One day, she used the key to open the box. As she raised the lid, out flew all the bad things in the world today - envy, sickness, hate, disease. She slammed the lid closed, but it was too late. Epimetheus heard her weeping. He came running. She opened the lid to show it was empty. But before she could shut the lid, one tiny bug flew out. He gave Pandora a big buggy smile in thanks for his freedom and flew away. The bug was named Hope. And Hope made all the difference in the world.
Pandora, don't cry. Look you've let out the bug Hope. Everything will be okay. I love you.