Have you ever heard of ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’?
A sphinx is a mythical creature that has the head of a human and the body of a lion and the wings of a bird. These creatures were said to exist in Egyptian and Greek mythology.
According to a Greek myth, a Sphinx would reside outside the city of Thebes and would ask a riddle to each traveller who wished to pass.
If anyone struggled to answer the riddle correctly, the Sphinx would eat them.
Let’s see if you can solve this riddle.
What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?
Answer: Human Beings
Morning, afternoon and evening refers to the stages of our lives and our passage of time throughout it.
The morning is when we human beings are at the earliest stage of our lives.
As a baby, we crawl on all fours. We are brand new to this life and need both our arms and our legs to be able to navigate the world.
We rely purely on others to survive.
The afternoon ties in with the middle of our lives (this is the portion that takes up the majority of our lives). During this time we walk around on two legs.
This is said to be the time when we are in our prime.
The evening is the phase of life in which we are older. The third leg refers to many requiring the use of a cane or a walking stick.
This is the ending phase of our lives.
Each of these phases are just as important as the other, and during each stage, we have the opportunity to contribute to ourselves and the world.
Did you get the answer right?
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