I'm not done with Hera yet, she might get some more revealing outfit later onThat would be excellent. Of course, you have to understand that my question is academic. Did Hera really believe that she could compete with Athena and, more importantly, Aphrodite? The goddesses and gods of Olympus are not known for being all that rational, but Hera's pride seems to doesn't seem to be enough to drive her actions: indeed, I have to question whether or not she is of sound or unsound mind.
Then there is Paris himself. He seems to be thinking with the wrong body part. After all if he had picked Athena, he'd be victorious in war and then he could've conquered Sparta and had Helen anyway. But perhaps he lost it totally when standing in front of all those goddesses.I don't have a realistic hypothesis for Hera and Athena competing against Aphrodite in the contest, but, without time to walk away, cool down, and think rationally about his decision, I can assure you, as a man, that his choice is completely believable.
You're right about Paris - one have to recall that he was an adolescent as well at that time, so that he disconnected his brain was fullt understandable
I tend to see the myths both as cult stories to explain things going on in nature like the passage of seasons (the Persephone saga) as well as reflections of usselves as well. Take the Persephone saga again, you have the overprotecting mother in Demeter, the revolting, risk-taking teenager in Persephone, the exciting dark stranger as well as missunderstood son in law (Hades), the absent father (Zeus) and a lot of other things having bearing upon human relations.
And the bible - of corse it's inconsistent because it's an anthology, written by several people during thousands and thousands of years. The old testament is based upon the jewish Torah, telling one story, mostly about the glory of the Jewish people, just like every nation have their stories of glory and heroes. Then there's the new testament, put together about the Romans and about Jesus C mostly to spin a new religion. And thus picking some historian records about real people like Pontus Pilates and king Herodes and spicing up with some who might've been fictious like Lasarus. And who knows what was real about Jesus. If it even was the same guy all the time.