[Discussion Post] What's your favorite legend?
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Hello everyone! I am sorry that I did not post a discussion article last week. I forgot to post one. I have now set a phone alarm to make sure I don't forget while I am in college (starting next week). This week, I wanted to discuss legends. Legends are one of my favorite aspects of different cultures, and I am very curious to see which legends you all pick. So,
What is your favorite legend?
Please do your best to describe it with a fair amount of detail, and site a source if you do use one. The legend does not necessarily have to come from your country or culture!
One of my favorite American legends has always been the story of John Henry. For those who do not know, during the late 1800s, America was industrializing. One of the most important elements of this industrialization was the development of a transcontinental railroad.
John Henry is said to have been one of the railroad workers. He is supposed to have been extremely strong, and is said to have been able to drive steel better than any other man on the railroad. Legend has it that John Henry's boss procured a steam drill to speed up the process of drilling through a mountain. The drill could supposedly drill faster than any man. John Henry challenged the drill to prove that a good worker could drill faster. John Henry used two 10 pound hammers, and was able to pound the drill faster and farther than the machine could. Henry made it through 15 feet of rock, and the machine made it through 9 feet of rock. Despite his victory, John Henry tragically died from the exhaustion. Here is my source for this information
This story has definitely proven to be a theme in industrialization. It's elements of man vs machine can be seen even today. One example that comes to mind was the huge debate on Steem about whether curation bots are a good way to choose quality content in comparison to actual human curation.
For those who are interested, there is a short Disney animation of the story of John Henry in the movie Disney's American Legends. There is also a choir song which we actually sang at region chorus last year.
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