Wednesday, September 26

Ariadne's Thread always guides

In Greek mythology Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphaë and King Minos of Crete. She fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth after killing the Minotaur.

The expression "Ariadne thread"  is the solving of a problem with multiple apparent means of proceeding - such as a physical maze, a logic puzzle, or an ethical dilemma to trace connections between different parts of what seems like an impenetrable maze.

I like to think about Ariadne's thread as the certainty that in the most difficult circunstances there is a thread to show the way out. Just pick a color and go.


Anonymous said...

This makes me think of Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow'. Nice blog. I'm curious, is English your first language?

Ana said...

Hi Roamingelk,

No. It's clear that English is not my native language.
I was thinking about adding a disclaimer "This is a blog with an accent."
but people would search for all the mistakes I do.

English is a lingua franca for me and a language I admire like no native speaker can.

I'm better in French since it is also a latin language and I have lived in France.

Fortunately I can write very well in my own language and I'm able to write in all "registers" - I don't know how Jakobson's cocncept was translated into English.

Thanks for the comment.