Luck or Fate?

I recently read a book which ended with a phrase along the lines of luck brings us all sorts of opportunities throughout our lifetimes. All we can do is make the best choice available, one step at a time.

The root cause for this was the character at the start of the book was a man in his 30s who was at a loss for why his life felt unsatisfactory. He was a singer and at one point was in a band which felt like it was going to achieve the fame and success artists strive for. But somehow along the way things did not work out and he is instead playing in someone’s garage trying to grasp onto moments which have slipped away. I think the best way to sum the character up is he has no purpose and feels lost in life. The thing he had to realize was life will continue to slip on by if he continued to sit by and let things happen to him instead of him making things happen.

This brings me to the big questions or lessons, what decides the paths our lives take? Is it luck or fate? Are the opportunities get throughout part of destiny or coincidence?

-Anidaan

-If you are curious, the book was The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams.

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Our obsession with superheroes – what if we are wrong?

I recently read a book series which challenged a dream I have had since I was first exposed to the fantasy world of superheros. A secret hope that one day I would wake up and become one of those heroes. I know I am not alone in this secret hope, tv and movie culture these days is saturated with Marvel and DC. These stories are always shown to be two opposing sides, the good versus evil. The heroes versus the villains. The books turn this concept upside down and present some hard questions about human nature. Would I be able to resist the allure of unlimited power? Could I remain a “hero” when my every want or desire was at mine for the taking?

While the post does discuss how the book presents this idea the final section, Life and the Moral,  is focused on the above questions and discusses them in greater depth. Give it a read! Do you agree that we have become enamored by superheros? How do you think we would handle the sudden arrival of these abilities?

-Anidaan

 

The Reckoners – Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

The Moral of the Story

The Reckoners is a young adult trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. A “coming of age” story about a teenager growing up in a world completely transformed by the appearance of superpowers. It is a tale about human nature and the struggles of adolescence, with a little bit of the classic good versus evil thrown in. There are a number of thought-provoking concepts throughout the tale but the most intriguing one revolves around the phrase, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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