[thoughts from ~burning woman~]
While trying to assemble the human jigsaw puzzle in my mind, I have been keeping track of the missing pieces which must eventually spell the end of civilization as we’ve known it through history and as we sadly observe it today.
One of these major missing pieces is a sentient species’ sense of destiny. Most people, it seems, do not possess a personal sense of destiny – certainly not in any serious sense. The same is true of man as a species: it does not have a declared sense of destiny. The question to keep in mind while considering this problem is, “Can a sentient species call itself human and not have a sense of destiny?” (Question for another time.)
For millennia we’ve relied on the gods to map our destiny for us. We were “powerfully motivated” not to think about destiny except as decreed…
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