Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wyrd And Providence

I want people to turn the that title around in their minds before I write the post.


terri said...

I had to look up "wyrd"...

Looking forward to what you have to say about it.

karrde said...

The combination of ideas is challenging.

It seems that some sense of belief in Fate (The Fates, wyrd, doom, etc.) is endemic to humanity. It is some external force (or demi-god) that directs certain people to do certain things. Usually things which are legendary or magnificent in scope.

It can also be used by many people to excuse (or glorify) their own decisions.

Providence seems, in my mind, to be more of a provision than a pre-destination or calling. It is something done to help humans (either specific people, or humanity in general), not a destiny/purpose/goal predicted and assured beforehand by God.

Providence is part of a relationship, while doom/fate/wyrd is easy to view as impersonal.

Is this the general thrust, or are you going in a different direction?

Gringo said...

It's a commentary on the politics of Mayor Buddy's city, done in Old English.