Personal Essay

On Flying Too Close to the Sun

As Daedalus told Icarus, never go too low or too high.

Adeline Dimond
Published in
10 min readApr 8, 2024


Red Sunset, Arkhyp Kuindzhi, 1905–08 | Metropolitan Museum of Art, Open Access Program (Kuindzhi was Ukrainian. In May of 2022, the Kuindzhi Art Museum was destroyed in a Russian air strike).

This is a story about obedience to a rule that probably doesn’t exist. But just in case it does, I follow it because the consequences of disobedience are too great.

The rule: never ask or strive for too much. This is especially true if you…