The “Gordian Knot”

The “Gordian Knot” or “Gordius’s knot” is “the symbol of a confusion for which conventional means are insufficient.” (DEX)”
Gordius, the Frigian plowman, was named king in his country. As a gratitude, he worshiped the “carriage” with which he had arrived in the Great Phrygia, to the god Jupiter, and exposed it to the Acropolis of Gordium. He binds the yoke to the drawbar, after that he makes an “unopened knot”, waiting to see if prophecy will be accomplished: That man who will succeed in undoing the knot will conquer Asia.
Alexander the Great, arrives in Phrygia and wants to untie the knot. He quickly realizes he will not be able to untie it, except by cutting with his sword. He will motivate his choice:
“It does not matter how this knot unfolds!”
Alexander’s solution to the problem led to the saying, “cutting the Gordian knot,” which means solving a complicated problem through bold action.
So if there is a Gordian Knot in your life, and conventional methods no longer help, you’re stuck in a situation, you have just one solution: Cut it!… and then carry on…, life is too short and there are no guarantees!

Author: mydoina

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Gustav Jung-

10 thoughts on “The “Gordian Knot””

    1. I think life is too precious to be solved with an Alexandrian solution …
      We cannot protect ourselves from life’s vicissitudes. They just happen. And to pretend that we can, is dangerous.
      The trouble with solving a Gordian Knot problem with the Alexandrian solution is that you really don’t untie the knot. Instead you destroy the knot, and the rope by cutting it in half. Usually, a problem is too complex to allow a broad stroke or silver bullet approach that makes it immediately fixable. Hasty action can translate to neglecting to pay attention to the finer details of a challenging issue…
      We go through all this agony, just to die at the end!? …
      Well,.. yes! We have to be honest about things. I don’t want to deny that things end brutally, but I can’t collude with the idea that there’s all the time in the world.
      Part of the existential is just acknowledging “That ship has sailed.”
      Thank you!


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