Pandora's Box - Special English Audiobook

     Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

  Hello. I am Marina Santee.
   Hello. I am Marina Santee.
  And I'm Elizabeth Lickiss.
   And I'm Elizabeth Lickiss.
  Welcome to Spotlight.
   Welcome to Spotlight.
  This programme uses a special English method of broadcasting.
   This programme uses a special English method of broadcasting.
  It is easier for people to understand,
   It is easier for people to understand,
  no matter where in the world they live.
   no matter where in the world they live.
  Pandora stood by the closed door.
   Pandora stood by the closed door.
  Her eyes were wide with expectation.
   Her eyes were wide with expectation.
  What could be in the secret room?
   What could be in the secret room?
  Today, we tell a story from ancient Greece.
   Today, we tell a story from ancient Greece.
  There are many famous invented stories from this time.
   There are many famous invented stories from this time.
  Writers invented stories about gods and goddesses -
   Writers invented stories about gods and goddesses -
  about the world and the universe.
   about the world and the universe.
  Greek mythology is famous all over the world.
   Greek mythology is famous all over the world.
  The stories are not real.
   The stories are not real.
  But they often have hidden meanings.
   But they often have hidden meanings.
  People still learn from them today.
   People still learn from them today.
  People tell and re-tell the stories through time,
   People tell and re-tell the stories through time,
  often adding new ideas to the original.
   often adding new ideas to the original.
  Here is one version of such a story:
   Here is one version of such a story:
  Pandora's Box.
   Pandora's Box.
  In ancient Greece there lived beautiful men and women.
   In ancient Greece there lived beautiful men and women.
  They walked freely with the gods on Mount Olympus.
   They walked freely with the gods on Mount Olympus.
  Epimetheus was the wisest of the men.
   Epimetheus was the wisest of the men.
  He knew the secrets of life.
   He knew the secrets of life.
  When it was time for him to marry,
   When it was time for him to marry,
  he chose the beautiful Pandora as his wife.
   he chose the beautiful Pandora as his wife.
  Pandora moved into his house
   Pandora moved into his house
  and they began a life together.
   and they began a life together.
  Epimetheus said to Pandora:
   Epimetheus said to Pandora:
  You have all my worldly goods
   You have all my worldly goods
  You can take care of the house.
   You can take care of the house.
  You can go anywhere on my property.
   You can go anywhere on my property.
  But, please, I ask you,
   But, please, I ask you,
  never go into the north room.
   never go into the north room.
  Keep it locked at all times.
   Keep it locked at all times.
  So, Pandora began her duties.
   So, Pandora began her duties.
  She cleaned the house and cooked the food.
   She cleaned the house and cooked the food.
  It did not take her long to complete all her jobs.
   It did not take her long to complete all her jobs.
  But then, she did not know what to do.
   But then, she did not know what to do.
  She became a little restless.
   She became a little restless.
  So, she began to walk around the house.
   So, she began to walk around the house.
  After a while,
   After a while,
  she came to the north room.
   she came to the north room.
  She looked around.
   She looked around.
  There was no one there.
   There was no one there.
  Slowly, she turned the door handle.
   Slowly, she turned the door handle.
  But the door was locked.
   But the door was locked.
  So, she walked away.
   So, she walked away.
  But Pandora could not stop thinking
   But Pandora could not stop thinking
  about the locked north room.
   about the locked north room.
  Maybe I could try the key in the lock,
   Maybe I could try the key in the lock,
  to open the north room.
   to open the north room.
  I could just take a quick look.
   I could just take a quick look.
  Surely, there would be no harm in that..
   Surely, there would be no harm in that..
  So, Pandora told herself it would be all right.
   So, Pandora told herself it would be all right.
  She went and got the key.
   She went and got the key.
  Then she went back to the north room.
   Then she went back to the north room.
  She put the key in the lock.
   She put the key in the lock.
  Her heart beat fast.
   Her heart beat fast.
  Slowly, she turned the key -
   Slowly, she turned the key -
  and the door opened!
   and the door opened!
  Pandora stayed outside and looked in.
   Pandora stayed outside and looked in.
  The room was empty -
   The room was empty -
  except for one thing.
   except for one thing.
  In the middle of the room was a box.
   In the middle of the room was a box.
  Pandora stepped into the room.
   Pandora stepped into the room.
  She walked over to the box.
   She walked over to the box.
  What was inside?
   What was inside?
  She had come this far.
   She had come this far.
  Surely, there would be no harm in opening the box.
   Surely, there would be no harm in opening the box.
  She reached out -
   She reached out -
  and opened the box.
   and opened the box.
  Oh no!' As she did,
   Oh no!' As she did,
  hundreds of insect-like creatures flew out of the box.
   hundreds of insect-like creatures flew out of the box.
  They surrounded her.
   They surrounded her.
  They bit her body.
   They bit her body.
  Then, they spread out into the room.
   Then, they spread out into the room.
  Quickly, Pandora put the top back on the box.
   Quickly, Pandora put the top back on the box.
  Then she sat on it,
   Then she sat on it,
  breathing fast.
   breathing fast.
  What had she done?
   What had she done?
  What was that?
   What was that?
  Pandora could hear a noise coming from the box.
   Pandora could hear a noise coming from the box.
  Then, she heard a quiet voice,
   Then, she heard a quiet voice,
  Let me out.'
   Let me out.'
  Pandora thought for a moment.
   Pandora thought for a moment.
  She did not really want to open the box again.
   She did not really want to open the box again.
  She had already caused enough damage.
   She had already caused enough damage.
  But the voice from inside the box
   But the voice from inside the box
  spoke again,
   spoke again,
  Let me out. Maybe I can help you.'
   Let me out. Maybe I can help you.'
  Pandora thought again.
   Pandora thought again.
  She did need help.
   She did need help.
  The situation could not get much worse, surely.
   The situation could not get much worse, surely.
  So she decided to open the box.
   So she decided to open the box.
  This time,
   This time,
  a very small fairy came out.
   a very small fairy came out.
  The fairy was beautiful.
   The fairy was beautiful.
  She had long hair
   She had long hair
  and wore white clothes.
   and wore white clothes.
  She said,
   She said,
  Pandora, your desire to open the box
   Pandora, your desire to open the box
  has caused much trouble.
   has caused much trouble.
  You have let out all possible troubles
   You have let out all possible troubles
  for the human race.
   for the human race.
  There will be all kinds of evils -
   There will be all kinds of evils -
  greed, envy and desires.
   greed, envy and desires.
  Then will fight each other.
   Then will fight each other.
  Husbands and wives will be against each other.
   Husbands and wives will be against each other.
  Brother will fight brother.
   Brother will fight brother.
  There will be great destruction.
   There will be great destruction.
  the world will know terrible times.
   the world will know terrible times.
  What have I done?'
   What have I done?'
  Pandora asked.
   Pandora asked.
  And she began to cry.
   And she began to cry.
  Tears fell down her face.
   Tears fell down her face.
  She cried for the great harm she had bought upon herself
   She cried for the great harm she had bought upon herself
  and the human race.
   and the human race.
  Do not cry Pandora.
   Do not cry Pandora.
  Yes, it is true
   Yes, it is true
  that you have let out all kinds
   that you have let out all kinds
  of terrible sufferings on the world.
   of terrible sufferings on the world.
  But you have also let me out.
   But you have also let me out.
  I am Hope.
   I am Hope.
  I will always be there to bring hope to humans.
   I will always be there to bring hope to humans.
  Whenever they are in trouble
   Whenever they are in trouble
  I will be there too -
   I will be there too -
  the promise of hope never dies
   the promise of hope never dies
  Pandora's box
   Pandora's box
  is clearly just a made up story.
   is clearly just a made up story.
  But people use the expression today
   But people use the expression today
  as a warning.
   as a warning.
  They say 'do not open Pandora's box'.
   They say 'do not open Pandora's box'.
  Sometimes people say it about genetic engineering.
   Sometimes people say it about genetic engineering.
  This technology involves changing genes.
   This technology involves changing genes.
  Scientists can take the genes from one kind of creature
   Scientists can take the genes from one kind of creature
  and move it to another.
   and move it to another.
  Or, they can take the genes from an animal
   Or, they can take the genes from an animal
  and put them into a plant -
   and put them into a plant -
  hoping to change how the plant resists disease.
   hoping to change how the plant resists disease.
  There are no barriers with genetic engineering.
   There are no barriers with genetic engineering.
  People say that going down this road in science
   People say that going down this road in science
  is like 'opening Pandora's box.'
   is like 'opening Pandora's box.'
  Once scientists start it,
   Once scientists start it,
  there is no going back.
   there is no going back.
  Once they move past the natural barriers and into the world of genetic engineering,
   Once they move past the natural barriers and into the world of genetic engineering,
  the results could be terrible.
   the results could be terrible.
  Once Pandora's box is opened,
   Once Pandora's box is opened,
  there is no return.
   there is no return.
  People also use the expression in everyday situations.
   People also use the expression in everyday situations.
  They may say it
   They may say it
  when talking about a troubled past -
   when talking about a troubled past -
  Do not open Pandora's box.'
   Do not open Pandora's box.'
  When someone has a strong desire to discover things,
   When someone has a strong desire to discover things,
  we say they have a 'curious nature.'
   we say they have a 'curious nature.'
  Being curious can be a good thing.
   Being curious can be a good thing.
  It can help you learn new and interesting facts.
   It can help you learn new and interesting facts.
  But being curious is not always a good thing.
   But being curious is not always a good thing.
  Pandora's curiosity resulted in much harm.
   Pandora's curiosity resulted in much harm.
  Some things are better not to know.
   Some things are better not to know.
  this is what the saying means;
   this is what the saying means;
  Curiosity killed the cat.
   Curiosity killed the cat.
  The ancient Greek story of Pandora's Box
   The ancient Greek story of Pandora's Box
  carries the idea
   carries the idea
  that humans have released evil into the world,
   that humans have released evil into the world,
  and now
   and now
  they cannot solve the problems it causes.
   they cannot solve the problems it causes.
  In the story,
   In the story,
  Hope' came to the rescue!
   Hope' came to the rescue!
  Hope was in the form of a fairy.
   Hope was in the form of a fairy.
  But that was just a story.
   But that was just a story.
  Where can we find hope in the real world?
   Where can we find hope in the real world?
  For people of faith,
   For people of faith,
  God is the source of hope.
   God is the source of hope.
  In Christian teaching,
   In Christian teaching,
  the first man did not obey God.
   the first man did not obey God.
  Man let evil come into the world.
   Man let evil come into the world.
  Today, Christians believe
   Today, Christians believe
  that Jesus Christ has already won the battle against evil.
   that Jesus Christ has already won the battle against evil.
  So Christians put their hope in God
   So Christians put their hope in God
  by believing in the promises of Jesus.
   by believing in the promises of Jesus.
  These promises include a better,
   These promises include a better,
  beautiful, life after this one,
   beautiful, life after this one,
  and Jesus' promise to be with them always.
   and Jesus' promise to be with them always.
  There is a saying,
   There is a saying,
  Where there is life,
   Where there is life,
  there is hope.'
   there is hope.'
  It means, while you are still alive,
   It means, while you are still alive,
  there is always a chance things can change.
   there is always a chance things can change.
  There is always hope.
   There is always hope.
  Even when Pandora's box is opened,
   Even when Pandora's box is opened,
  hope remains.
   hope remains.
  The writer of today's programme was Marina Santee.
   The writer of today's programme was Marina Santee.
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  This programme is called, ‘Pandora’s Box.’
   This programme is called, ‘Pandora’s Box.’