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Fate - 5 / 12 / 2002
karma [Hinduism] [AHD3]
    - the total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the phases of their existence
dharma [Hinduism] [AHD3]
    - the principle or law that orders the universe
    - an individual obligation with respect to caste and sacred law
        determined by the fates or the gods
            the three fates
                Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos [Greek]
                Norns [Gremanic]
                    Urd, Verdandi and Skuld [Scandinavian]
                        originally Urd [destiny] and an indeterminate number of others 
                        reduced to three by Icelandic scholars
        fatalism [no escape]
        self-consciousness / awareness
            relatively small percent of total brain activity
        mutable within the divine structure
        reaction to cause & effect
        Purina worm chow
    stars and planets as spirits
    ancient view - the stars compel
    modern view - the stars impel
lot [see Divination]
    divinely chosen
    random chance
doom / judgment
        Indo-European - to strike / kill / slayer / destroyer
    weird / wyrd
        Indo-European - to turn / to bend / to become
suffering [see Death, Dying & Grief]
    the search for meaning
        why bad things happen to good people
        why good things happen to bad people
    Buddhist view
        suffering as evil
            the world is suffering
            escape from suffering
    suffering as necessary
        suffering as part and parcel of the human condition
            the inability to suffer makes one other than human
        suffering and compassion
            the ability to feel emotion
New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology
What Are They Saying About the Theology of Suffering? - Lucien Richard, O.M.I.

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