Hesperides

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Hesperides

(hĕspĕr`ĭdēz), in Greek mythology, daughters of Atlas. They lived in a fabulous garden located at the western extremity of the world. There they guarded (with the aid of the dragon Ladon) a tree that bore golden apples. Hercules killed the dragon and obtained the apples as one of his 12 labors.
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An intriguing variant on the Hesperidean theme is found in cultures believing that the world they currently inhabit is an ideal one.
More conventionally though, the inspirational force of the Hesperidean idea has been rooted in the conviction that somewhere exists that is better and can, with effort, luck, or divine guidance, be found.
A final subset of the Hesperidean aspect is that of the inner search for paradise, the conviction that an apprehension of paradise may be attained by means of an altered consciousness, by journeying within, and attaining a different mode of perception.
Although it shares with the Hesperidean paradise the characteristic of being eternally present, there is an important difference between these two aspects of the ideal.