Gretchen Rubin

“The Accidental…the Inevitable…the Fateful Tendencies Each One of Us Brings Into the World.”

“The Accidental…the Inevitable…the Fateful Tendencies Each One of Us Brings Into the World.”

"The names of the three spinners have been interpreted significantly...Lachesis, the name of the second, seems to mean 'the accidental within the decrees of destiny' while Atopos means 'the inevitable' and for Clotho 'the fateful tendencies each one of us brings into the world.'"

-- Sigmund Freud, "The Theme of the Three Caskets," The Freud Reader

I read this passage in college, and ever since, I've been haunted by the question: What are my fateful tendencies? I have no power over the accidental, or the inevitable, but I do have some power over my fateful tendencies. Or do I?

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