Canto LV

If fatalist determinists are right,
then this morning’s argument and tears
were happenings that were already set

when the Big Bang set the cosmos into gear,
as atoms followed their trajectories
over the course of thirteen billion years.

And even if I don’t buy that treatise,
I can still say our clash of characters
came down to hormones, or the maladies

that come in the last week of the trimester.
But even then, this nature/nurture schtick
detracts from one more influential factor—

my frequent tendency to be a dick—
and if those molecules are set in motion
they move me now to take my harsh words back

and steer clear of pretentious explanations.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 08:10:58

    Determinists are wankers. (philosophical statement)
    Nothing is preordained we are moulded by chance and free will
    Nature is random and evolutionary…that’s more fun.


  2. Niall O'Sullivan
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 21:05:56

    I think you’re getting determinism and fatalism mixed up. Many determinists take a compatibilist approach to free will. They would say that evolution is an example of how a deterministic process can produce a rational agent that is capable of complex choices. Have a listen to this:


  3. peter litton
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 14:25:05

    Sorry, but I can never really enter in to the spirit of philosophy, it seems that philosophers write mainly for each other. All the philosophy I’ll ever need can be found in a good cross country run, which is where I’m going now.


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