Zeus’ second marriage was with his Aunt the Titan Themis and he did this to stabilize his power over all gods and humans. Themis was known as (Divine Law) and she gave birth to six daughters that included two sets of triplets, the three (Seasons) and the three (Fates). The concept of fate relies heavily on the existence of a great, almighty force that decides the future of every human. The Fates were named Clotho (Roman equivalent Nona), Lachesis (Roman equivalent Decima), and Atropos (Roman equivalent Morta) and they were the goddess of pregnancy and they controlled the metaphorical thread of life. Clotho spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle; Lachesis measured the thread of life with her rod; and Atropos cut the thread of life and chose the manner of a person’s death.
Destiny involves the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person’s future. Karma can be described as something that you get based on the way you live your life. Fate will inevitably happen as it is predetermined, but Karma is caused by your actions. Both fate and karma are unavoidable, but you have control over karma. Karma is a central concept in Eastern religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, but Paul the Apostle wrote, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
I don’t believe in Fate, Destiny or Karma, because if there were such a thing, then Trump would be a piece of dog shit. These ideas are attractive to people, because they use these terms to explain things that they don’t understand. Good and bad things happen to both good and bad people and people are always looking for answers on why they have good or bad fortune, but evils, sorrows, plagues, toils, illness, hatred, war, death and troubles can’t be blamed on what came out of Pandora’s box, as most things just happen for no reason. There are a lot of gods out there, because most people are plain ignorant and they go around praying to this god for good fortune and another one to become pregnant. If they want to get out of work early, then they pray to another god, and if they want revenge then there is a different god for that. If they don’t get the things that they ask for from one god, then they move their praise toward a different god.
When ancient Rome suffered misfortune, this was often explained by the loss of virginity by a Vestal, who were the keepers of Rome’s luck and the city’s only recourse to restore balance to the empire was to blame and punish one of the Vestal Virgins. Since harming a Vestal was considered bad luck by the citizens of Rome, the punishment of being buried alive was introduced and this was considered to be an act of mercy. In his book Astronomica Manilius says, “Fate rules the world; all things stand fixed by its immutable laws. And the long ages are assigned a predestined course of events. At birth our death is sealed, and our end is consequent upon our beginning. Fate is the source of riches and kingdoms, and the more frequent poverty. By fate are men, at birth, given their skills and characters, their merits and defects, their losses and gains. No one can renounce what is bestowed, or possess what is denied. No man, by prayer, may seize fortune if it demur, or escape if it draws near. Each one must bear his appointed lot.” I feel that this is total bullshit, and I will take Dory’s advice and “just keep swimming”.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #89 which asks, “Do you believe in karma (or a similar “reap what you sow” notion)? Why or why not?”