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  • Writer's pictureDenise Tolan

The Daily Dick: Musing in a Time of Angst

From: The Quadrant

"'Well, well; I [Stubb] heard Ahab mutter, ‘Here some one thrusts these cards into these old hands of mine; swears that I must play them, and no others.’ And damn me, Ahab, but thou actest right; live in the game, and die in it!'”



As this chapter starts, Starbuck recognizes that Ahab is leading the ship toward disaster and seems to come to terms with it. Stubb begins to speak of fate. He overhears Ahab saying the cards he has been dealt are the ones he must play. And Stubb seems to agree. A clear acknowledgment that sometimes we are fated/ destined to play out our part in this production called life.

The Anglo-Saxons used the word wyrd to talk about fate. It was something you couldn't help. It just happened.

These days I rarely think of fate and how it operates in our world. I did think of it when Zelensky came to the world stage. What a hand he has been dealt.

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