On Destiny: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Destiny: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Destiny: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Destiny: A Philosophical Dialogue


Philosopher Nick Pappas invites us to join the conversation as a few wise friends explore what it takes to live a meaningful life, to produce meaningful art, and to support others in their own efforts to fulfill their potential.

How do we make the most of our lives? Is there a meaning, a goal, a purpose? Is it all a matter of chance or do we each have a destiny that beckons? Can we knowingly move toward it, and can we choose to avoid it?

From the rational, logical perspective on one hand, and that of intuition, passion and inspiration on the other, different characters address these questions over a series of exchanges that encourage us to pause, taking a deeper look at how we're living our lives and shaping who we are.


Dear Reader,

Have you ever wondered about your destiny? Or maybe you’re one who wonders why others wonder about their destiny. in either case, this is a book for you.

This book is a dialogue. That means it’s not a treatise with a clearly spelled out central thesis or grand conclusion that I can summarize here. It’s more of a philosophical play, meant to be enjoyed, and meant to challenge the reader to conclude on her or his own what it all means.

The main character, Direcs a philosopher? the standard answer is that a philosopher is a lover of wisdom. But there is always more to any given philosopher.

In Director’s case, he does as his name suggests. He manages to lead, or at least influence, the direction and shape of the dialogue. He gives it its philosophical tone.

The other characters — Friend, Scientist, and Artist — all have their own notions of destiny. Director tries to tease out the full meaning of their ideas.

Friend opens the book by noting that destiny seems more hopeful, promising, than the ancient notion of fate. At the end, he says every fulfilled destiny serves as inspiration to others. a seed produces a flower, which produces more seeds. This brings a sort of immortality.

Director questions this: “But what guarantee is there that the cycle will go on?” Friend replies: “There’s nothing inevitable when it comes to human things.”

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