Acceptance and Duty

Of course, there are moral implications involving a belief in fate, which in turn involves the power of choice. If I believe that my choices are mine and that they are not guided, driven, or predetermined, then the responsibility is mine and mine alone. But if my choices are predetermined, then whatever determined them is responsible, not me. Again, this is based on the false presumption that fatalism must be viewed from a monotheist perspective, and therefore their god is directing everything and guiding everyone towards his will and his "plan." But if we view fate as a neutral force, and karma or urlag as an innate aspect of that force, then morality becomes something different altogether. There is cause and there is effect, you do something and there is a response to it. You either work alongside the powers of convergence or those of entropy. It is that simple. The Gods are there to show us the way, to inspire us in following a higher path, and to teach us the laws of faith and morality; but in the end fate will have its final decree. This is why it is said that Urd and her sisters "established laws, allotted life to the sons of men, and pronounced urlag" (LIII.45).

The Norns are the highest representatives of fate, which is a power even the Gods are subject to.Our acceptance comes in realizing that things are the way they are, and our duty comes in standing up against what is harmful to others. This is always going to be the downfall of those with utopian visions, for they cannot accept reality and they believe that they can control the hearts of men. We have brandished these ideologies as Unification Theories, because they are all built upon the principle that they will unify the planet under a single ideal, when this is an impossibility. In the meantime, they have covered the world in an ocean of blood when atrocity after atrocity continues to take place in the name of making us all "one." They have never improved the planet, and they never will, no matter how many fantastic dreams and lies they conjure up in order to serve those hungry for power. They only make things much worse, while the terrors committed by their monstrous regimes will long be burned into the human psyche. Any successful social model must always be built upon an understanding of the human mind and curtailing our weaknesses and even our malevolence. Had the peoples in the lands affected by the Unifiers understood this principle and did their duty in protecting others from harm, such atrocities might never have occurred.

The struggle itself is an acceptance of fate because it is inevitable, or I should say constant. In fact, it is the most permeating example of the fatalistic formula we have been discussing. You can take any action, anything you do during the day and categorize it as either convergent or entropic, even down to a molecular level. Doing something healthy regenerates cells and boosts energy levels, while unhealthy behavior helps the body age and decay. Relieving stress by maintaining inner-peace will actually increase your life span, while chaos and strife raise stress levels that will kill you. Bringing family together and working with your community benefits everyone involved, while isolation and misanthropy help no one. Playing with your kids, doing a good deed, helping others, making love, relaxing to soothing music as you drive to work, so many things we may view as mundane tasks are actually a part of our connection to the powers of convergence. Laziness, greed, crime, anger, and hatred are all a part of chaos and only serve to bring destruction to the self and to others. Each step, each measure of your life's thread is either connected to the Gods and decency, or to the Etins and corruption. Even though we make the choices as we play out our life story, each choice has already been formulated and woven into the fabric of the web.

In the lore Odin and Frigga are the primary forces of convergence and Loki and Gullveig of entropy. Odin and Frigga are married, have several sons who form the core of the Aesir-clan, and they care for the well-being of the worlds and of humanity. They want us to have peace, wisdom, and love in our lives, and they work diligently towards protecting and blessing us. Loki and Gullveig, on the other hand, are not married, though they have several monstrous and illegitimate children together. Their offspring: Fenrir, Jormungand, and Leikin will be the primary heralds of Ragnarok and will help to destroy the worlds. Loki represents anger, deception, cowardice, and unbridled lust; Gullveig represents greed, seduction, corruption, and impiety. They are all personifications of the choices we make, for good or ill, and we will either be on the side of right, good, and order, or the side of wrong, bad, and chaos. One can join Odin either as an individual who follows the law and does right, which is certainly honorable and correct, or they can take it a step further and actually defend the order from the destructive elements to become a hero and make their way to Asgard. In either case, as those blessed and loved by our divine family it is up to us to make the right choice and live by their decrees.