A review of AMOR FATI, by G.B. Korten

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Juxtapose the “Family Tree Patterns” in your own life. Eschewing the standard, classical “Family Tree”, this design, “Family Tree Patterns” , as originated in the novel, AMOR FATI, can best justify and make meaningful, Friedrich Nietzche’s idea on “Eternal Recurrence”.
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About the Novel, AMOR FATI

   Fate takes the wheel:  “Hello, I am Fate. Yes, I speak.  I am an inevitable force in your lives.   I have been accused of apathy, perceived as a specter of malevolence when life takes irrational turns.  I assure you, I am on your side.  I am not destructive.

   The novel is set in the Philippines, USA and Europe.  Five strong women from five generations are pivotal forces in these stories stitched together over one hundred years , from 1909 to 2009.  Various characters narrate the snippets from their lives: some are moving, some tragic, and others, life-changing.  These narrations confront issues on family, love, marriage, adulthood, parenting, war, and survival reflecting the Filipino culture values and tradition.

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        From these narrations, one discovers the omniscient work and power of Fate.  Soledad Lopez Perez discovers her Fate: “I have been leashed back to where my life started.  It make complete sense – a beginning must reach an end to complete the circle of my life.” It is just so.”

   Fate interjects:  “It is true: one’s life is part of a bigger picture, a blueprint, where patterns of many lives are arranged in a grand picture. As in a kaleidoscope, as soon as one turns a chapter of one’s life, orderly patterns with similar interlocking parts contort to fit into another well planned design.

   Listen to Lilly Perez Hightower’s admonition: “One thing we don’t learn from these books: to sensitively wend through confusing layers of life without getting lost…By trial and error.  Before you make a decision, stop long enough to sniff, listen and feel. Wait for an answer.  It is always hanging about, you know, somewhere in air, just a pluck away from you.”

   Answers to puzzling questions and mysteries in the readers’ lives might be revealed.  From these revelations, it is hoped that these uncovered answers will cause one to be a more tolerant and less defiant citizen of the world.  

   To accept one’s Fate happily, “to reach a state of becoming”.  Nietzche states that “becoming negates being”; “Fate and love of it amounts to wisdom.”

Amor Fati

From: “The Gay Science” , Section 276 by Friedrich Nietzche

“I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think. Sum, ergo, cogito: cogito, ergo, sum.
Today. everybody permits himself the expression of his wish and his dearest thought; hence. I , too, shall say what it is that I wish for myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year – what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth.
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful.
Amor Fati: let it be my love henceforth!
I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse.
Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: someday. I wish to be only a Yes- sayer. Continue reading