HEIMARMENE is ‘incarnation of destiny’. She is a goddess and her name likely is an ontological description of her appearances. Also she is a being of fate in Greek mythology. In particular she is the personification of the orderly sequence of cause and effect, or, rather, the fate of the universe as a unity. This notion is the opposite of the destiny of individual people. <Heimarmene> belongs to a group of similar entities of fate such as AesaMoiraMorosAnankeAdrasteia and Pepromene.

A contradiction arises between <Heimarmene> (providence, inevitable destiny), and freedom of the will (man’s power upon his life). This is a problematic issue since the beginning of philosophy and theology. The solution is affirming that destiny has to do with the material world (ineluctable) while man might control his own reactions and mindsets.

Human body and senses are subject to <physis> (nature, with its laws not modifiable by man), but soul and conscience are only ours.

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<Heimarmene> is ‘incarnation of destiny’. This is evidence of how important the notion of fate is in the past. Suffice to notice the very high number of tragedies (thetrical plays) in which providence plays a crucial part. Destiny is the impetuous force which sweeps away man’s aspirations, desires, projects and dreams. Fate is the river which flows forward regardless of all people’s efforts. Providence is a powerful drive which puts to the test all human’s qualities and capacities. We have two ways to come to terms with <Heimarmene>. We can try and seduce her, being friendly and cunny. Or we can be wise and obliging, avoiding to conflict with her.