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Heracles and Athena

One day Heracles was taking a walk along a narrow road when he saw an object on the ground that looked like an apple. He tried to crush it, but it only doubled in volume. Seeing this, Heracles stomped on it even harder and hit it with his club. Suddenly the object swelled so much that it blocked the way. Full of astonishment, the hero threw away his club and stood speechless...

In the meantime, the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom, appeared to him and said, "Stop there, brother! This object is the spirit of strife and contention... if you leave it alone, it will remain as it was before - but if you fight it, you will see it swell!"

This fable shows us that fighting and strife can cause great harm.

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