Amor Fati – Audiobook spotlight – Stop Negative Thinking by Nick Trenton

One way of rethinking your relationship to the past is to adopt the Stoic attitude of amor fati.

In his book Enchiridion, Epictetus advises us, “Do not seek for things to happen the way you want them to; rather, wish that what happens happens the way it happens: then you will be happy.”

He tells us in a later work The Art of Living, that “prudent people look beyond the incident itself and seek to form the habit of putting it to good use.”

In his famous work Meditations, much-loved Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius says, “Universe, whatever is consonant with you is consonant with me; if something is timely for you, it’s neither too early nor too late for me. Nature, everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring; everything comes from you, everything is contained in you, everything returns to you.”

Though the original principles came from Stoic philosophers like Seneca and Aurelius, it was also the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who revived the theme in his book Ecce Homo, saying, “My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary—but love it.”

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