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Golden Apples

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Let me tell you about Hercules and the Golden Apples.

Ol' Herc was facing the next to last of his epic Twelve Labors. Finding a mythical apple tree far to the North whose fruit granted immortal health seemed doable enough. This tree was said to grow in the garden of the Hesperides, three beautiful nymphs, who just happened to be close friends with the mighty Atlas.
Hercules struck a deal with the Titan: "I'll hold up the Heavens, mate, while you take a break and see your friends. All I want in return is for you to fetch me a few apples for King Eurystheus."
Atlas could not believe his luck. It was such a weight off his shoulders. What a relief!
Atlas hobnobbed with the lovely sisters for what seemed forever to Hercules. Finally he sauntered back with three Golden Apples and a big grin. Atlas was in no hurry to resume his supporting role.

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Now you're probably wondering what finally came of Hercules and his particular quest for those Golden Apples.

Atlas told Hercules that he would take the precious fruit to King Eurystheus in his stead. It doesn't take an especially large brain to realize Atlas had decided on a plan that would leave Hercules holding up the sky all on his lonesome.
Hercules had learnt to match wits with the best in his earlier adventures: "Sure thing, buddy. But before you go, I'm getting a bit sore in the shoulders. Can you take over for a sec while I put a bit of padding around my neck?"
Turns out Atlas had a sense of shared responsibility after all. Once again he found himself back at his assigned task of holding up the Heavens. So Hercules returned to Mycenae with the Golden Apples to give to Eurystheus . . . who then donated the fruit to Athena . . . who then returned them to the Hesperides where the apples had come from in the first place.

And while this apple grower may not have an especially apt moral tie-in to our current quest, it's kind of nice to realize that which goes around comes back to benefit us all, no?


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