Life is a Moment. Remember Yourself.
Notes from the Five Floors of the House of Consciousness.
posted by Tapio Kotkavuori at Saturday, March 11, 2006
Those who ACCEPT their destiny -- that which was given to them -- and then USE it creatively may become Heroes. What are the cycles of the solar system that you CAN further (even if you didn't like the ones that you resonate with)? I once wished I was made for leading or furthering a tradition -- that tends to be so clear cut and satisfying -- but I don't think I am (which doesn't mean I wouldn't be capable of doing these things). That's just not THE thing I feel I Must do. I Need to cast a little bit of the Future (that I See) here and there, and that's it. That's the only way I can be a Hero in my own eyes. MY Examiner is Beauty balanced on the scale of the multiverse I experience -- others have other judges.Whether becoming a Hero is the ultimate ultimate is debatable, at least to me. There are far easier and more fun paths. I tend to try to incorporate as many exciting things into my life the adventure as I can and leave the heroics out of most matters.
Dear Petri,so well said!You wrote: "Those who ACCEPT their destiny -- that which was given to them -- and then USE it creatively may become Heroes".I would be curious about what you see to constitute 'destiny': "that which was given" to us.Genes, personality, archetypes, given multidimensional cultural setting where one did grow up?What do you think, how often Heroes absolutely resonate with their 'destiny' and how often they just keep on Working for things they really can further in the world?I tend to think that there often (or categorically all the time?) is something supererogatoric in Hero's actions: He does more than can be demanded of anyone.
I am personally intrigued by the concept of the Heroic, or the Hero. For me, the heroic is that individual who attains, for some others at least, the equation of kleos, agon, arete. That thereby that individual becomes the embodiment of the virtues they cherrish and may become an inspiration for others and thereby be worthy of immortality of name. I often think of these people as my personal household gods. May they live forever in the fruit of their deeds.Aaron Vlek
Closely related to the ideas of Destiny and Heroism, Germanic religion places a special emphasis on concerete actions, physical deeds done in a socio-cultural context. Destiny for the ancient Scandinavians seems to have been an expression of some kind of necessary progression that also bore seeds of transcendence. Therefore, with deliberate actions in the here-and-now, anyone can become a Hero, if that is his or her Will. If the deeds reach an intense, "heroic" level, in the end of this becoming it is possible to say with confidence that this was indeed his or her true destiny.Here's a question for anyone's personal meditation: What are your heroic deeds? What deeds have you done so far that could become poems and songs written in your honour? What deeds you would like to do in order to come into being as a Hero and fulfill your Destiny?
Destiny is an interesting thing, more subjective than objective, but in the end it is the most important thing you can find. Whatever it is, it is the meaning of life.
Ensio wrote:--->Destiny for the ancient Scandinavians seems to have been an expression of some kind of necessary progression that also bore seeds of transcendence.<---Interesting you should mention this since I've been pretty much exploring into this kind of approach lately. I would relate this to the quest of findingone's True Will; the completerealization of what it is one really desires to actualizein his life. One is impelled tocontemplate over the relationshipof "free will" and "true will",and their real essences respectively; are they reallydifferent concepts, and if theyare, in what way? To elaborate,with rhetorical questions:Is achieving "free will" better than establishing and following one's "true will"? Is this kindof question really meaningful at all?In LHP tradition (or "tradition"),at least superficially, transcendence is often closelyconnected with the concept (orbuzzword, which it more oftenis) of free will. On closer examination I personally view this mainly a fruitful ground for many misconceptions to grow in. - K
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