Is Character Fate?

Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC – 475 BC) taught that character is destiny. As we’ve come to understand genetic science, we have learned he may have had a point.

In this video (which I edited and helped to shoot) the Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Rev. David Breeden explores whether personality is fate, or whether people can change themselves for the better. He also explores they way that Unitarianism may have lost adherents after WWII partly because of its long-held view that humankind is somehow “perfectable.”

Perhaps we can find some middle ground, Breeden suggests.

As I told a Facebook friend, I take no position on the matter. It seems to me I have spent a great deal of my time working toward self-improvement and improvement sees evident enough in most instances. But the lifelong essence of my nature does have a way of asserting itself and casting the final, tie-breaking ballot….

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