Born on this day: Alan Dershowitz, Warren Beatty, Toni Collette, Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Adams, Norah Jones
“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t.” – Douglas Adams (8-Ahau) from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
I found three keywords which helped me in putting together a possible meaning for the sun-sign Ben, which a week ago began this whole whirlwind of manifestations. They are: Leadership, Family, and Destiny.
Carlos Barrios adds “authority, the home, do everything as we like… creating possibilities… Aj is our internal alter”, among with many other depictions.
So destiny. A word with much gravity and a touch of romanticism. Is there really a destination that I can single out and abbreviate as being my destiny? The thing with destinations is that once you arrive at one of them you get a view good enough to recognize the next one. So how can there be a destiny in the sense of an ultimate destination, some life-long goal that can be actually realized and materialized? And if there is one, in what way do I continue living without destiny beyond its achievement?
There can’t be such a thing as a future destiny, unless I define death itself as a destiny, followed by nothing. Instead of looking to the future in search of it, I think destiny is everything that has already happened, along with whatever’s transpiring now. So in other words destiny is made up of my karmic accumulation of the past, over which I have no control, and the now moment, for which I have total responsibility.
As a devout atheist, Douglas Adams (8-Ahau) gave much thought to the big questions in life. Like what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. He came up with a huge galactic computer called “Deep Thought”, which labored over the required calculations for many millennia.
When it was time for it to announce the results of its protracted computations and deep thoughts a big crowd gathered around the gigantic computer screen. The clerics, who were direct decendents of the original Deep Thought servers, conducted the ceremony in due form.
Deep Thought simply said that the answer to life the universe and everything is 42.
Although they always expect the moon from themselves and their clan, Ahau types, like Adams was, are known to be at their best when keeping everything as simple as possible.
… and 8-Ahau says: “perfection cannot be realized tomorrow, nor remembered as past glory. It abides now and always, beckoning me to discover it.”