Here we see the theme: Sheer curiosity, unbounded by fear and untempered with implicit or proximate purpose leads to 'evils' befalling everyone , not just the seeker themselves.
There are many similar lessons and themes in ancient, classical, and biblical scholarship that illustrate the folly of progress as an end in and of itself; of scientific and material advancement as a replacement for meaning, philosophy, and faith; but none so directly accuses the seemingly innocent instinct to be curious. In Pandora's legend it is taken a step further. We all pay for her whim.
Pandora's Box is often analogized with the nuclear and eugenic/genetic horrors of the last century.
But what of the 'now'?
None of the myths so perfectly fit this very current story so well, plague references and all!
Scientists behind Armageddon flu virus suspend their research because it 'could put world at risk of catastrophic pandemic'
In a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday, 39 scientists defended the research as crucial to public health efforts. Researchers studying a potentially more lethal, airborne version of bird flu have suspended their studies because of concerns the mutant virus they have created could be used as a devastating form of bioterrorism or accidentally escape the lab.
cause a pandemic or be used in bio-terrorism have led to the halt in research
The decision to suspend the research for 60 days "was totally voluntarily," virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus told Reuters.
cause disaster on a global scale
The full open letter
Now the only thing left in the jar, just as in the myth, is HOPE.