The Social Experiment

What if all of the heads of state from around the globe met together. Could they solve the 12 greatest challenges that face mankind? If they could, they would be true heroes! It sounds impossible. The Greeks tell of the great hero Hercules, who performed 12 impossible labors. Is the combined strength of the heads of state as great as the mighty Hercules?

The 12 Labors of Hercules

The goddess Hera, determined to make trouble for Hercules, made him lose his mind. In a confused and angry state, he killed his own wife and children.

When he awakened from his “temporary insanity,” Hercules was shocked and upset by what he’d done. He prayed to the god Apollo for guidance, and the god’s oracle told him he would have to serve Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae, for twelve years, in punishment for the murders.

As part of his sentence, Hercules had to perform twelve Labors, feats so difficult that they seemed impossible. Fortunately, Hercules had the help of Hermes and Athena, sympathetic deities who showed up when he really needed help. By the end of these Labors, Hercules was, without a doubt, Greece’s greatest hero.

His struggles made Hercules the perfect embodiment of an idea the Greeks called pathos, the experience of virtuous struggle and suffering which would lead to fame and, in Hercules’ case, immortality.

The 12 Labors of Mankind

The Great Evil, determined to make trouble for Mankind, made them lose their minds. In a confused and angry state, they enslaved, tormented and killed each other by the millions.

Many heads of state were awakened from their “temporary insanity.” They were shocked and upset by what had happened. They cried out for guidance, and the Karakians heard their cries and came to visit them.

The Karakians are a race of powerful beings who possess the wisdom of the Universe and know the ways of peace and prosperity. The Karakians gathered up all of the heads of state, into their spacecraft, for a four-day social experiment.

In order to pass the social experiment, the heads of state had must perform The 12 Labors of Mankind, patterned after The 12 Labors of Hercules. These feats are so difficult that they seem impossible. Fortunately, the heads of state will have the help of wise and sympathetic mentors, former heads of state from Earth’s history, who will return to walk and talk with the current heads of state, and advise them, as they perform their labors.

The heads of state must present to the Karakians, 12 plans, to solve the 12 Labors of Mankind. Then, they must explain how the forms of government in their region are well suited to the success of each plan.

Visit these pages to learn about each of the Labors of Hercules and Mankind:

The First Labor of Hercules: The Nemean Lion, and Mankind: End North Korean Human Rights Violations

The Second Labor of Hercules: The Hydra, and Mankind: Reduce Poverty

The Third Labor of Hercules: The Hind of Ceryneia, and Mankind: Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Fourth Labor of Hercules: The Erymanthian Boar, and Mankind: Preserve Freedom of Speech

The Fifth Labor of Hercules: Clean the Augean Stables, and Mankind: End Pollution

The Sixth Labor of Hercules: The Stymphalian Birds, and Mankind: Preserve Freedom of Religion

The Seventh Labor of Hercules: The Cretan Bull, and Mankind: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

The Eighth Labor of Hercules: The Man-Eating Horses of Diomedes, and Mankind: End Homelessness

The Ninth Labor of Hercules: The Belt of Hippolyte, and Mankind: Preserve the Family as the Basic Unit of Society

The Tenth Labor of Hercules: The Cattle of Geryon, and Mankind: Care of Orphans

The Eleventh Labor of Hercules: The Golden Apples of the Hesperides, and Mankind: End Hunger and Starvation

The Twelfth Labor of Hercules: Cerberus, and Mankind: Help Refugees