Despite the frequent ridiculous claims by Americans that their popcorn and coke civilization is the greatest the world has seen, I feel that the Ancient Greeks are clearly the winners. Why?
As well as their prowess in the arts, sciences, architecture and the creation of an elemental democracy, they came up with the concept of the centaur, a truly amazing creature which, for me, perfectly symbolizes humans who clearly are an amalgamation of half-animal and half-human.
Our human side is tied inextricably to our animal side which means that we men can never achieve our full human potential because the stallion in us drives us relentlessly.
Stallions are born to fight, to be the ones to see off inferior animals so that the progeny of the herd can be as formidable and strong as possible. Women, despite their protests and seeming emancipation, are the creators and nurturers of our kind.
How did the centaur originate in Ancient Greek society?
One legend states that it was the result of an unholy union between a human and an earth elemental, while another theory is that it was the result of genetic experimentation in Atlantis or the Pre-Flood world. Most centaurs were said to be warlike and troublesome and enjoyed drinking and revelry. How human!
This mythical half-horse half-human creature represents the struggle between morality, intelligence, and nobility on one hand and brutality, evil and base desire on the other. Later the centaur became the astrological symbol for Sagittarius.
Seeing ourselves as half-animal and half-human is beneficial. The problem is: how do we remove the animal part of our being so that the human half can achieve its full potential? Perhaps we can’t and we are forever locked into a struggle that can never be resolved which means that we are forever at war with ourselves.
Genetic Engineering could assist I suppose but that seems a scary road to go down given that, in the main, psychos are running our world.