A strict belief in fate is the worst of slavery, imposing upon our necks an everlasting lord and tyrant, whom we are to stand in awe of night and day. – Epicurus
Fate, You Are Not My Mother. Nor My Father.
I know some believe that we will not prevail in reversing course.
Because they believe things have to get a whole lot worse before they’ll get any better.
Don’t believe it!
Our Creator gave us the gift of free will.
Together we can choose a better path.
Nothing is written in stone.
It never was. It never will be.
It’s our fault. We elected these people.
Some of these very same people now are hoping we’ll adopt an air of inevitability about what lies ahead.
I’m pleading with you. Don’t become ensared in this type of mind set!
We cannot change course overnight. But if we keep plugging away. A little here. A little there. We can and must prevent the calamity which some fear is headed our way.
Otherwise, we are doing the Devil’s work for him.
Bust of Epicurus in the Capitoline Museum
The basic tenet of Epicureanism regarding fate is that the wise, having armed themselves with a proper understanding of the workings of the natural world and ridden themselves of the superstitions of the many, can withstand whatever happens to them “by fate”.
Yet whereas the Stoics (and perhaps the majority of the population of the Greco-Roman world) nearly deified fate, Epicurus’ notion of fate is much more akin to random chance and accident, as understood by modern biologists and natural scientists in general. Whereas the Stoics advocated submission to fate, which they saw as stemming from some Universal Reason (Gr. logos), the Epicureans advised rather a certain indifference to fate — as they also did not personify it, and saw it as indifferent to them.
If I could have a dialogue with Epicurus, I’m sure I wouldn’t share his interpretation on many a topic. But what a fascinating individual!
Epicurus on Happiness