Andrew Fryer wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:41 pm
And you will hear people say that Winston Churchill fulfilled his destiny, but you won't hear anyone say that Hitler fulfilled his. Why not? Because it's an artificial, literary concept that doesn't exist in real life.
Yes but is the problem there really with 'destiny' or is it with 'fulfilled'. 'Hitler was destined to fail' sounds OK to me - I think it is just that if you say somebody 'fulfilled' their destiny it sounds as though they achieved what they set out to do.
What does it mean for a concept to exist in real life? Only that people grasp it and think in terms of it, I would have thought. Certainly not that it corresponds to something real, or there would be no such concepts, and the statement would be redundant. It seems to me that people the world over grasp the concept of destiny instinctively, so I think it is about as common and as natural a concept as you could possibly get. As with many superstitions that come naturally to us, we have to learn that it is false and abandon it - but it's still there deep down, and the many many stories which take it as theme can still resonate with us.
I think DN is just saying that some people are very drawn to music or to a particular instrument, which is pretty unobjectionable if you ask me. I certainly don't think he is saying that if you do happen to be drawn to it, you don't need tuition.