Beware of gigantic things that only see one thing. But do allow us to backtrack a bit here.

Ancient Greeks were quite a smart bunch. They may not have been able to explain complex notions to all of the inhabitants of their polises but they were darn tootin’ good at telling stories, so the whole lineage of myths was born to serve as life lessons of the highest kind. Their Gods were, unlike the distant omnipotent, omnipresent, idealized goods of monotheistic religions, frivolous creatures very much attuned to human nature, carrying human traits and having far harder time of keeping themselves perfectly godlike and often stumbling into human, emotion driven, mistakes. They were very much anthropomorphized, not just disembodied spirits. They didn’t live somewhere far high up there in the unspoken of and unknowable realms, but were present in everyday lives as participants instead of remote judging proxies in eternal judgment of the human state. Outside of their powers, they were pretty much ordinary Joes struggling (more or less) to keep themselves under control. There was jealousy, murders out of passion and spite, incest and drama. Leave it to the Greeks to make Parthenon a back drop of a kick ass soap opera.

Cyclopes, although not Gods per say, were extraordinary literary creatures, giants with only one eye and immense superhuman strength, but almost as a rule shown as savages, as brute force incarnated, cannibalistic bunch with not much going on behind the eyes. They were made such to depict a larger principle – nearsighted huge lumbering things which have no perception of depth of life (you need two eyes to be able to discern depth in space) are dangerous and life-threatening (well, unless you blind them as or boy Odysseus did to the Cyclops Polyphemus). Amidst all the drama there is a lesson to be learned – Anything that gets too big, with no way to see and act in the real with any intro(and outro)spection becomes a danger. This is exactly what happens to overblown systems or in fact any trait, situation or a goal that gets so focused on only one thing that it cannot take context into consideration any more. This giant cyclops of a system then starts just stumbling around, crushing everything under its feet until it eventually falls down having been made vulnerable by its size and rigidity of only one focus. Rigid things are brittle although they seem hard and sturdy at first. Adaptation is the key and to be able to adapt you need to be able to see the circumstances and facts and then react to it. We were designed to loosely follow a structure to give us some sense of safety and protection, some general direction in which to move to find worthwhile endeavors and this is the purpose of society- to serve as a regulatory function and keep in check the socially unacceptable parts of individuals. But to become completely complacent to society means to lose yourself and what the society needs is exactly a conglomerate of all disparate “selves” in order to be able to change and adapt to the changing circumstance of the world. Nearsighted structures are as well as blind and they will fall eventually. You need structure and deviation from it to be successful in anything – the regulation of the old and innovation of the new.

Most of the traits, goals and behaviors are pretty much neutral, useful in some instances (if they weren’t evolution would have already proned them out of the specter of possibility), but even the best things possible, while applied in moderation, can become a lumbering gigantuous blind spot if blow out of proportion. Even love can become destructive and pathological if not mixed in with freedom and non-attachment to the outcome. Beware of cyclopes all around. Seeing only one thing is not good goal setting – it’s an irrational obsession unable to adapt and evolve and there are no glasses to make the nearsighted giant see better before it trumps all below. Don’t get to invested in what you think you know and want. Things change and what you think you know is an illusion. Context matters, adapting matters even more.