THE STARRY WISDOM LIBRARY

Books, books, books!

Welcome to my library! This is the place where I will be talking to you about books - books I have read; books I have bought; books I wish to read and books I have decided not to read. Books let me travel the world, fall in love hate, dream, cry, laugh and wonder. They allow me to be all these different people; feeling and experiencing all these different emotions and events - things that are out of reach for me in my real life.

I love books for giving me a big life and for opening my mind. Reading books is my greatest passion and it amazes me that it isn't so for everyone. Please join me on my reading adventures and do comment my posts if you feel the urge!

 

Fate versus Chance

10 Jan 2020

Role of fate versus chance in literature. Really, it can be argued that the fundamental antagonism that fuels all literature is not man versus man, man versus nature, man versus god, or man versus animal, but fate versus choice.

A lot of us avoid this dilemma in life but turn to it in literature. Yet there are ways of confronting this antagonism daily, such as through casino games. On pages like onlinecasinosnj.com you can see why people enjoy playing free online casinos.

Hemingway said that the greatest novel is a life lived novelly. I think embracing the fate versus chance dichotomy is a fundamental aspect of human nature. We can learn that through novels, casino games, or life itself.

Making your own luck

My final thought on this dichotomy is that these two don’t have to be opposed. There are many traditions that hold the belief that we have a role in shaping our own luck. People say you have to deal with the cards you’re dealt, but in fact that’s not true. Most games allow some exchanging, and, depending on what you have up your sleeve, you might make your own luck quite easily.

Perhaps this theory is most easily seen in Greek tragedy. There the tragic heroes would often petition Moira, goddess of chance, that their own luck would be improved.