Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fate and Destiny

The three Nornir, or Fates. Found in Fredrik Sander's 1893 edition of the Poetic Edda.

A man's character is his fate.

Do you believe in fate? I definitely do. We all have things happen to us that are beyond our control--the circumstances of our births being the most obvious. But our reactions to those events, that is our destiny.

The thing is, people are going to react a certain way based on their personalities. That's just a fact. Yes, you can achieve a certain kind of self-awareness, but if you do, do you think you can escape fate? If you've read even one Greek tragedy you know the answer to that question.

Fate and questions of free will and destiny provide a rich fodder for stories. Although we can make our own choices, once those choices are made, we can't go back from them; and who knows but that there wasn't really any other choice for us to make? No matter who we are or what we decide, it all leads us to the same fate.

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