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CELEBRATING CREATIVE EXPRESSION AT BAYLOR SINCE 1966

Periaktoi Writing Post

Volume 53
Issue 2

Single Visual Art Post

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I Believe Icarus was Right
Tina Zheng

Icarus was given wings held together by wax as a method of escaping his prison, yet he was warned by the inventor that he should not fly too high, for the sun would do what it often does - melt things. Yet, Icarus did exactly that. Thus, his waxen wings melted in the heat of the altitude and Icarus plummeted to his death.

Many people say that Icarus’s downfall ultimately was his desire to fly at a dangerously tall height. However, my opinion is that Icarus was right. He was right to fly so high because he wanted to. He was right to take a tremendous risk with such high hopes. He was absolutely right to make the most of an extraordinary opportunity he was given.

What oftentimes isn’t highlighted in the numerous retellings of the story of Icarus is that not only did the inventor tell Icarus not to fly so high that the sun would melt the wax of his wings, but the man also spoke against flying so low that the crashing waves of the ocean would dampen his feathers and weigh him down.

It’s not unusual to see people who fly low all around us. I’m sure we all possess the same tendency to not take risks due to fear of the possible consequences. However, when you stay so far away from the sun in fear of it melting your wings, you may just end up drowning in an ocean of your own doubts.

I often flew low in the past by declining invites to social gatherings. I was, and still am, a person who struggles to persuade my wings to take me higher towards the sun; thus, I’ve rarely ventured outside of my comfort zone. Due to that lack of socializing, I currently have virtually no life outside of school. I yearned for human connection, that warmth of the sun, yet it seemed I couldn’t escape my self-constructed prison.

But I think we can all agree that life is better when we are not dictated by such a pessimistic outlook, so I’ve tried to open up in the past couple of years, gradually lifting myself farther and farther away from the ocean. Quite recently I’ve attended a few get-togethers as well as my very first sleepover. Although it was occasionally painstakingly awkward for me in these gatherings, I’m so grateful that I accepted those invitations. I improved both socially and emotionally because I flew much higher than I was accustomed to.

I believe Icarus was right. Don’t let your own inhibitions and doubts dampen your feathers and weigh you down.

Icarus was given wings held together by wax as a method of escaping his prison, yet he was warned by the inventor that he should not fly too high, for the sun would do what it often does melt things. Yet, Icarus did exactly that. Thus, his waxen wings melted in the heat of the altitude and Icarus plummeted to his death.

Many people say that Icarus’s downfall ultimately was his desire to fly at a dangerously tall height. However, my opinion is that Icarus was right. He was right to fly so high because he wanted to. He was right to take a tremendous risk with such high hopes. He was absolutely right to make the most of an extraordinary opportunity he was given.

What oftentimes isn’t highlighted in the numerous retellings of the story of Icarus is that not only did the inventor tell Icarus not to fly so high that the sun would melt the wax of his wings, but the man also spoke against flying so low that the crashing waves of the ocean would dampen his feathers and weigh him down.

It’s not unusual to see people who fly low all around us. I’m sure we all possess the same tendency to not take risks due to fear of the possible consequences. However, when you stay so far away from the sun in fear of it melting your wings, you may just end up drowning in an ocean of your own doubts.

I often flew low in the past by declining invites to social gatherings. I was, and still am, a person who struggles to persuade my wings to take me higher towards the sun; thus, I’ve rarely ventured outside of my comfort zone. Due to that lack of socializing, I currently have virtually no life outside of school. I yearned for human connection, that warmth of the sun, yet it seemed I couldn’t escape my self-constructed prison.

But I think we can all agree that life is better when we are not dictated by such a pessimistic outlook, so I’ve tried to open up in the past couple of years, gradually lifting myself farther and farther away from the ocean. Quite recently I’ve attended a few get-togethers as well as my very first sleepover. Although it was occasionally painstakingly awkward for me in these gatherings, I’m so grateful that I accepted those invitations. I improved both socially and emotionally because I flew much higher than I was accustomed to.

I believe Icarus was right. Don’t let your own inhibitions and doubts dampen your feathers and weigh you down. ">We all are born with waxen wings; we cannot control that, yet we can control whether we hover low near the crashing ocean or rather soar high above the clouds and experience the enveloping warmth of the sun. By leading a life with a similar desire to make the most of the opportunities you are given, you too can reach new heights!