F is for the Fates

Have you evefates-oldr found yourself in a pickle and wondered ‘Why me? Oh God, why me?” Ok, so you are evolved and don’t ask such questions. But surely you must have caught yourself idly wandering in the vicinity of a question like, Ï wonder how long I have left ?’ or its first cousin, ‘I wonder, how it will be? You know the exit scene? Will it be quick or slow?’

Morbid thoughts, I agree, but they do come around sometime or the other. Anyway the point is, whether you have them or not, you are most unlikely to get a straight answer to any of these questions, until and unless you have a hotline to the three happening sisters called the Fates.

The Trio go by the names Lachesis, Atropos and Clotho. Lachesis, she draws a role of thread from a lot, this decides the length of a person’s life. Atropos, makes a neat snip in this thread, determining the way one will die, and Clotho takes this thread and weaves the events of one’s life with this selected and snipped thread. Both Gods and humans are apparently subject to the nefarious activities of these sisters. Only Zeus is exempt.

I have a question though, given that the Gods are immortal, what role could Lachesis and Atropos play in their lives? But as my dear father in law wisely says, ‘never mix mythos and logos mai.’ So I refrain from asking clever questions, and go with the flow of the story – always a good choice and more importantly, it is a choice I can make without the interference of the all-powerful trio.

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One Response to F is for the Fates

  1. Arti says:

    Now I know why I’ve taken this long to read up on Greek mythology. I was waiting for the right storyteller: “…hotline to the three happening sisters called the Fates.” Fab!
    Your father in law is a wise and witty man. Love his words too:)
    Thank you Erica.

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