Amor Fati: How Loving Your Fate Helps You Grow
The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This means that if someone else is suffering from something bad or even just not doing well, then you have to help them.
If you don’t want to do it, then why are you reading the Bible? The question is what does this mean exactly? Does it mean that we have to go around helping everyone all the time?
No! What it means is that if you see someone else in need, then you have to help them.
Because God loves us enough to make us feel good when we help others. This is a very simple concept but one that many people fail to understand because they think that helping others will hurt them. But this isn’t true at all. Helping another person doesn’t necessarily mean hurting them; sometimes it’s beneficial for both parties involved.
So how do we apply this principle?
Well, there are two ways. One way is to actually practice loving others when it comes to helping them. The other way is to simply believe in the idea of loving others and then act upon it. There are times where you might need to help someone without thinking twice about it (like when you’re driving somewhere). Other times, you might need to save someone’s life (for example, if they’ve been kidnapped). Of course not everyone can be saved and there are limits to what you can do, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try. The important thing is to always try your best when it comes to helping others, because when you do, you learn valuable things such as patience and kindness. Of course, you also learn that these things are good for yourself as well. After all, when you’re being kind to another person, it makes you feel good.
Why shouldn’t you help people when it makes you feel good?
I can give you a million reasons why you shouldn’t and a million reasons why you should, but ultimately, the choice is yours. You are not obligated to help anyone. It’s just nice if you do.
You want to be happy and make others happy.
Because that’s what life is all about: love.
Why is the world so large yet people are so small?
Because we are all the same. We all have good days and we all have bad days. We all laugh, we all cry, we all love, and we all lose.
Why does anyone get ahead in life?
Because they live their life to the fullest.
What does it mean to live your life to the fullest?
It means to help others in any way that you can.
What does living your life to the fullest reap in rewards?
How do you get eternal happiness?
By accepting God into your heart.
How do you accept God into your heart?
That is up to you. But I can tell you one thing, if you don’t and something happens that you didn’t expect such as getting sick or in a tragic accident, then it will be too late. Don’t wait until then.
What you can expect after accepting God is an eternal life with no end. You won’t just float around in clouds and play a harp and sing; that’s not what heaven is like. Instead, your greatest desire will become a reality. This could be anything: money, success, power, love, meaning, or even an endless amount of food.
Whatever it is, it will be yours forever and ever and you will enjoy it for all of eternity. You may even get to help others directly in whatever your heart’s desire is.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Of course, there are also consequences for not accepting God and that is an eternity of burning in a lake of fire.
Is that something you really want?
I thought not.
But do you see now why you should accept God?
Hopefully you want to accept God now and live the rest of your life doing what’s right and most importantly being happy.
Happyness is watching your children grow up and living the rest of your life with the one you love. Should you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, this can all be yours. If not, well, then you’re on your own.
How to get to Heaven:
1) Say this prayer:
“Jesus Christ, I believe in you and I repent for my sins. Please forgive me and save me. I’m sorry for my sins and I turn away from them. You said, ‘Ask and you will recieve, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.’ (Mt 7:7).
I ask you to come into my heart and life. Amen.”
If you’ve done that, then congratulations! You have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart! Now here are some suggestions on how you can grow in your new faith.
2) Get yourself a Bible.
It doesn’t matter what translation, but it’s probably a good idea to get one with notes in it. You’ll need it for step three. Also try to get some “soul medicine”, that is, materials that help feed your soul. Music is great for this.
3) Read through the Gospel of John.
If you’re really ambitious and have the time, read through the entire Bible.
4) Pray everyday.
This doesn’t mean just saying “Okay God, thank you for making this food and for giving me the strength to chop the vegetables and the stove to cook them on.” Prayer is talking to God about everything in your life. Tell him what’s on your mind, thank him, praise him, confess your sins to him, ask for his help, you name it. Prayer can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.
Don’t forget to pray before you eat too! God provided the food and he wants you to thank him for it. Try praying before you go to sleep too.
These suggestions are just a guide. Prayer is extremely personal just like our relationship with God is. Talk to God about everything and anything. He isn’t some genie that will grant you wishes, but he will always listen to you and support you no matter what.
If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask me.
Got it! Let’s continue.
Sources & references used in this article:
Amor Fati (The Love of Fate) by AT Kronman – The University of Toronto Law Journal, 1995 – JSTOR
Amor Fati or Posttraumatic Growth? The Case of Etty Hillesum in the Time of the Holocaust by D Vaidya – Therapy and the Counter-tradition, 2016 – Routledge
Nietzsche’s notion of amor fati by M Csabai – New Trends in Psychobiography, 2019 – Springer
Amor Fati as Practice: How to Love Fate by GM Brodsky – Continental philosophy review, 1998 – Springer
Three Women in Dark Times: Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Or Amor Fati, Amor Mundi by G Elgat – The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2016 – Wiley Online Library
Heidegger’s metahistory of philosophy: Amor Fati, being and truth by S Courtine-Denamy – 2000 – books.google.com