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The old Nordic word wyrd from which the modern adjective weird is derived is a kind of synonym for fate Yet unlike the Greek concept - with everything preordained predestined fixed wyrd is dynamic active a chaotic interweaving of choices and consequences and sometimes some very strange twists which is why its called weirdAlthough the basic concepts underlying both wyrd and fate come from the same Indo-European myth group theyve developed in very different waysIn the Greek version Fate is well fatalistic everythings fixed predestined Destiny incidentally is the Roman version of the same myth and is essentially the same as that of Fate For every individual the three sisters the three Fates spin a life and weave it into the fabric of life itself and cut it off coldly dispassionately at its end The fabric is held together by a loose cross-warp of chance but chance seems to play no active part in lifes story individuals are offered no choices at allUnlike the Fates Wyrd always offers the human being a choice but theres always a twist Which is where the concept of wyrd becomes useful Rather than a fabric of lives each entirely separate and only loosely connected to others by the cross-warp of chance the three sisters weave a fabric of life Unlike the flat cloth of the Fates the fabric of wyrd is more like a Celtic knotwork twisting weaving and turning back upon itself in weird ways Another image is that its like an immensely complex Mbius loop somehow without any clear boundary the inside becomes the outside and the outside inside - there is a boundary of sorts between I and not-I between ourselves and everyone else but its a distinctly weird oneAnd like the ultimate in fractal geometry every point within the fabric seems to contain or at least intersect with every other point every moment also includes everything everyone everywhere everywhen Hence whatever it may seem like
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