Heheh, yeah, if that's the case, I REALLY wasn't ready for it in high school!
You know, that makes me think of the standard High School curriculum and how they include certain books that normally one would think of as damaging to TPTB. I'm thinking mainly of Orwell's 1984 and how it's almost a rite of passage for high schoolers to read that book. But maybe The Odyssey, if approached from the angle Laura mentioned, could be considered in a similar way.
It also reminds me of how G said that by presenting concepts of the Work to somebody who wasn't seeking it would turn that person off from ever wanting to take part in the Work.
It makes me wonder if reading certain books at an age when we're not ready to 'digest' them keeps us from looking deeper into the whole mess we're in on the BBM. It's that thinking: "Well, I've already read that, nothing to see here!"
Although you said that you read the book on your own, so I guess my argument doesn't apply in your case
Just some thoughts...