Lauren. 23. On the fence about just about everything.
At birth, a baby is not a person, but a potential person. To become a “real” person, the child’s inherent potential must be realized. Unhappiness and frustration are caused by the unrealized potential of a person, leading to failed goals and a poor life. Aristotle said, “Nature does nothing in vain.” Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents in order to be content and complete. Happiness was held to be the ultimate goal. All other things, such as civic life or wealth, are merely means to the end.
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2
I took it as meaning that one acts upon one’s judgements and is not hypocritical to themselves and that they don’t bow to what might immediately seem the best, but use their reason, their judgement. But No Fear Shakespeare’s modern translation is,
Blessed are those who mix emotion with reason in just the right proportion, making them strong enough to resist the whims of Lady Luck.
What do you think?
A larger context for the quote can be found here.
It goes like this: when the players are out there the game is a sealed arena of interbombarding chance. But when the game is on video then every tiniest action already exists. The past, present, and future exist at the same time: all the tape is there, in your hand. There can be no chance, for every human decision and random fall of the ball is already fated. Therefore, does chance or fate control our lives? Well, the answer is as relative as time. If you’re in your life, chance. Viewed from the outside, like a book you’re reading, it’s fate all the way.
- Ghostwritten by David Mitchell