I finished The Last Olympian. Hope, the only item left in Pandora's box (not a box), was the key to the novel. The temptation to release hope led Percy to leave it with Hestia (goddess of the hearth) to keep hope safe at home. Then Percy had to get the gods to realize what made home home and defend it. (You're gonna have to read the book to understand)
Then I started a new book. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett. What is the name of the first section of the book? Opening Pandora's Box. I love when life serves me up a big pile of coincidence! Dennett's book questions the reluctance to give religion a good, thorough examination. He believes that we need to understand the fundamentals of belief so that we can all just get along.
Favorite quote from the book so far:
Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins a movie by telling you how it ends. -- Ned Flanders