We’ve all heard the story of Narcissus, a youth who knelt beside a lake daily to contemplate his own beauty, and was so fascinated with himself that he fell into the lake and drowned. This story has given us the reason to make enemies of other people.. calling them narcissistic, in an attempt to disempower someone we don’t like, because we see ourselves in them.
Now let’s have a different ending for Narcissus:
when he died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake which had been fresh water and was now salty tears. “Why do you weep?” the goddesses asked. “I weep for Narcissus” the lake replied. “Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus” they said “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.” “But.. was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked. “Who better than you to know that?” the goddesses said in wonder. “After all, it was by your banks he knelt each day to contemplate himself.” The lake was silent for some time. Finally it said “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected. ” and that is why a beautiful flower called Narcissus was born. To remind us, that when we contemplate our own beauty, it reflects the beauty of others.