What is Not in Our Stars

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

(Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene III, L. 140-141)

I agree with Cassius that fault lies not in fate but within ourselves. What else is the human experience?

We make choices that are later labeled as mistakes because they are just that. Yet, choices have incredible experiential value whether or not they are full of fault.

Experience is our education–how we learn–our individual Wikipedia, upgrading every moment of our lives. Each choice we make is informed by the previous, especially if it was a mistake.

Who has not fallen down the ”hole in the sidewalk” and blamed fate or someone else? And so walked down the same sidewalk–looking to the stars–only to fall down the hole again and maybe again.

It is only when we look within ourselves, research our inner library, that we find a way around the hole. We may discover we have been on the wrong street all along. There is no fault in it.

As Maya Angelou told us,” When we know better, we do better.” That, I suspect, is the light in our stars.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity a dose at a time. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page.


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