“There were some to whom he gave strength without swiftness,

while he equipped the weaker with swiftness; some he armed, and others he left unarmed;

and devised for the latter some other means of preservation, making some large, and

having their size as a protection, and others small, whose nature was to fly in the air or

burrow in the ground; this was to be their way of escape. Thus did he compensate them

with the view of preventing any race from becoming extinct. And when he had provided

against their destruction by one another, he contrived also a means of protecting them

against the seasons of heaven; clothing them with close hair and thick skins sufficient to

defend them against the winter cold and able to resist the summer heat, so that they might

have a natural bed of their own when they wanted to rest; also he furnished them with

hoofs and hair and hard and callous skins under their feet” – Story of Epimetheus

This passage echoes an early technological consciousness, where creation involves equipping certain beings with enhancements. These enhancements differ from creature to creature. The most intriguing aspect about this passage is the variety of technologies echoed; for example, the hair and skin on animals, which we now use to make coats and other clothing, and the way a “means of protecting them against the seasons of heaven” was provided to the creatures, something humans do now with their constructions of homes, and development of umbrellas; the ability to fly is echoed, which we see in our development of different aircrafts. What all these enhancements boil down to is an ability to have an advantage over other creatures so that survival may continue. The enhancements echoed in the passage, like the advancements in our technology, are to improve life and avoid extinction.

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