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Writer's Block: Meant to Be?

Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
-Viktor Frankl


  • I believe in a God who has a plan for me, and who can see my ultimate potential far better than I can.
  • I believe in the principle of free agency - every moment is a choice, and every choice has prices and benefits.
  • I believe in karma to the extent that what I put out into the universe comes back to me. If I put out positive energy and focus on positive things, that's what I get in exchange, from delightfully surprising sources.
  • Lastly, I believe that things happen. Good things, bad things, indifferent things. I posted previously about contrasting attitudes in the face of catastrophe; it's the meaning I assign to these things that matters, and there, as in all places, I am free to choose.


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sleepyjohn00
May. 5th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I knew you and Caz were going to get along famously!
ccdesan
May. 5th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
This, I fear, will be similar to my experience with LOTR... "Bedbugs! Bedbugs! There'll be no sleep today!"
sleepyjohn00
May. 5th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe even better (sacrilege!)
ccdesan
May. 5th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Vulnerability means being open to surprises...
sleepyjohn00
May. 6th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
"Vulnerability means being open to surprises..." Oh, yes, you two will get along just FINE....
secoh
May. 6th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
hah! love it.
Like the phrase "experience is that thing you get after you needed it"
ccdesan
May. 6th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
That segues into "Life is a demanding teacher. She gives the test first, and the lesson afterwards."
secoh
May. 6th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
It's true,
and if I was to do it all again,
I'd be stuck in an infinate loop. It'd be just like working here :(


wait, what?
ccdesan
May. 6th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
One of my favorite cartoons:

secoh
May. 6th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
hehe yep!
I used to think dilbert was funny until I worked for a corporation. Now I read Dilbert as more of a sort of journal of futility.
ccdesan
May. 6th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Dilbert for me was a journal of solace. "See! Other people have it much worse than you! Now kwitcherbellyachin' and get back to skimming the scum off the bilgewater..."

I never cease to think of my favorite scene from Waterworld, where the old dude paddling around on the diesel gets blown up with a prayer of gratitude on his lips...

Edited at 2009-05-06 01:39 pm (UTC)
deckardcanine
May. 6th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm missing something. Caz?
ccdesan
May. 6th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Castellar dy Cazaril. Sleepy John has introduced me to the Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, which, after many days, I finally began reading.
sleepyjohn00
May. 6th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Soon, soon, if my diabolical plans bear fruit, the Old Wolf will be reading a series of novels by Lois McMaster Bujold. The first, The Curse of Chalion, has a protagonist yclept the Castillar dy Cazaril, known socially as Caz. Caz is a shining example of how vulnerability leads to surprises.

I recommend the Chalionese books to anyone, without reservation, as some of the most thoughtful, eloquent, piss-your-pants-funny, swashbuckling fantasy ever written.
ccdesan
May. 6th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ywis, hi rǣdað þem nū...
deckardcanine
May. 6th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I believe in free will. I just wish I knew the limits.
sleepyjohn00
May. 6th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
The free will of the next guy over.
deckardcanine
May. 6th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more about how much you can control yourself. Addictions and certain mental disorders don't make it easy.

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