‘Civilization begins with a rebellion. Prometheus, one of the Titans, steals fire from the gods on Mount Olympus and brings it as a gift to man, marking the birth of human culture. For this rebellion Zeus sentences him to be chained to Mount Caucasus where vultures consume his liver during the day and at night it grows back only to be again eaten away the next day. This is a tale of the agony of the creative individual, whose nightly rest only resuscitates him so that he can endure his agonies the next day.’

— Rollo May, in Power and Innocence : A Search for the Sources of Violence (1972),
Ch. 11 : The Humanity of the Rebel


Video (0:00—1:05): Taken from a recent episode of the BBC programme Monkey Planet, about the Bonobo Kanzi who has acquired the skill to build fire.

Video (1:05—end): Taken from the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Music: Richard Strauss — Also sprach Zarathustra, part 1: Einleitung, oder Sonnenaufgang, as it appeared in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Title: taken from a Ridley Scott film, advertised by its director as 2001: A Space Odyssey on Steroids.

This collage has been blocked worldwide on YouTube as it contains copyrighted content from BBC Worldwide.


Marshmallows are the root of all evil.