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MIDAS TOUCH

刊登日期: 2019.03.15
作者: Grace Tse  

Imagine one day God told you, “As you have done some good deeds, I will grant you a wish.” What would your wish be? 

In Greek(希臘)mythology, Midas was a rich king who lived in a castle with his daughter. One day, the old, drunken teacher of the god Dionysus got lost near the castle. Midas found him and treated him with hospitality. When Midas took the teacher back to the god, the god was so pleased that he rewarded the king with a wish. 

Midas asked that everything he touched would turn to gold. Although the god warned him to think carefully, Midas insisted because he wanted to be the richest man in the world. 

On his way home, Midas tested the magic out. He touched branches, flowers and stones. Everything turned to gold instantly. 

This myth gave rise to the famous idiom, the “Midas touch”, which nowadays means that someone becomes financially successful at whatever they do. 

The businessman had the Midas touch (點石成金) , so he could turn a small company to a multinational enterprise. 

Interestingly, the story had two different endings. Sadly, since whatever he touched, even food and his daughter, became gold, the wish had become a curse. The king died in loneliness and hunger. 

The happy ending was that Midas realised that his greed had brought him despair.  

So, he prayed to the god to remove the spell. The god heard his sorrow and told him to wash himself in a river. Since then, life was back to normal and Midas became a generous king. 

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Curse 
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Greed 
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