Thursday 23 May 2013

Havamal Snippets 56: No-one should know his fate

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
56. Moderately wise
should each one be,
but never over-wise.
His destiny let know
no man beforehand;
his mind will be freest from care.

Too much wisdom is a bad thing, and a fatalistic worldview to boot. Why? Does this mean that our fates are determined beforehand? Before our mortal lives? If so, then how much agency/free-will do we have? Is it only a few degrees either side of your fate line? Does that mean that the genuine victims of the world actaully chose their suffering? Is this what Christ is talking of when he speaks about "not judging" other people, because they have actually chosen their lives, thus the actions are not bad? "All of the world is a stage and man is it actor" as Shakespeare said.


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