Hostis Humani Generis: Free Will vs Predestination

Hello there.

I hope the new year brought you much joy.

Now let us get down to it.

Sidereus Nuncius introduced you to the Opportvnvs Adest universe. You had chance to meet the central characters, Quentin, Regina & Dante Tate, and Rex Talion, albeit very briefly.

I recapped the story in my last blog so I will not do it again.

Hostis Humani Generis .

The title means the enemy of the human race.

This story is very different from Sidereus Nuncius. Sidereus set the stage for the series but Part Two takes you in a  different direction.

Do not worry, Quentin is in the story too. In fact, there is a big revelation about him. I left plenty bread crumbs in Sidereus and  a few readers have  private messaged and nailed what it is.

Props to them.

Back to Hostis. Know that it is twice as long as Part One and it focuses on what may be the most vile, evil character in literature, Rex Talion.

While Sidereus hints at Talion’s intentions, Hostis puts it all on display. He is the king of terror and  you are going to meet this man as a child and learn the events that shaped him.

I should warn you, these things I show you are not pretty, nor are the things this man does to ascend to power. He does it through through murder and mayhem.

Why does Rex Talion do these things?

The simple answer would be: because he can. Being the world’s richest man has it perks. However, it goes deeper than that. Talion is angry about his childhood (like so many people, right?) and wants to punish the world. He also has been told it is his destiny to  destroy the world.

The latter part is because he receives information out of a certain book identifying Talion as the third and final evil  who will usher chaos and destruction into the 21st century.

There are parts of Hostis where Talion struggles with this. The thought even terrifies him. He is faced with the ability to reject it all at various points in the story, but he choses not to. He embraces evil.

Free will. We all have it. At least, I would like to think we do  and we are not just playing out some cosmic string.

What do YOU think?

I have this phrase I use in life and in this series when one is on the precipice of a defining moment: “Decide for yourself”

Thoughts for another time………

In the next blog, I will identify some of the new characters in Part Two. There are plenty and you might need a scorecard, but I can assure you that everyone you meet is vital in the grand scheme of the story and they are quite interesting.

That is all for now.

Be well.

EH

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Ethan,

    I am definitely believe in Free Will, however we humans have a way of limiting our choices and experiences as we go through life. As a result of the limited selection of choices, we typically end with the same of kind of spouse as before, the same job, the same sets of friends who believe everything the same way we do. Then we throw up or hands and say we are destined to live the same life as our parents.

    The flip side to this is when a person is endowed with certain gifts like height and athleticism to be a basketball player. Friends and family will comment and say he or she was meant to play basketball. That is not entirely true, that person has worked tirelessly for years before we even see them on TV. I know of few people who were endowed with superior intelligence or world class athleticism but you never see or hear from in an extraordinary way.

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    • Hello Michael.

      I am with you on free will. Much of our lives reflect that.

      What you described is many people I grew up with who still live on the East Coast and do many of things we did YEARS ago in college.

      Sure, we cannot change what family we are born into (good or bad), but we can chose to go our on way and carve out our future.

      I have interacted with people of many faiths and they all seemed to be taught that the future is written.
      I tend to disagree with this for a multitude of reasons.

      One of the themes in this story is “Decide for yourself” You will see it throughout and each of the main characters stand on the precipice at one time and the choice they make will lead to powerful consequences.

      Thank you for making me reflect even more on the subject.

      Look forward to chatting more.

      Peace.

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  2. Hello Michael.

    I am with you on free will. Much of our lives reflect that.

    You described a number people I grew up with who still live in their parent’s house or five minutes away. They also do many of things we did YEARS ago in college.

    Sure, we cannot change what family we are born into (good or bad), but we can chose to go our on way and carve out our future.

    I have interacted with people of many faiths and they all seemed to be taught that the future is written.

    I tend to disagree with this for a multitude of reasons.

    One of the themes in Opportvnvs Adest is “Decide for yourself” You will see it throughout and each of the main characters stand on the precipice at one time and the choice they make will lead to powerful consequences.

    Thank you for making me reflect even more on the subject.

    Look forward to chatting more.

    Peace.

    Like

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