Fate And Struggle (Podcast)

In this podcast, we discuss some questions about the role of “Adrastia” or “Nemesis,” the ancient goddess of retribution. We also talk about the redemptive power of struggle as the theme of the compelling 2011 film The Grey, which starred Liam Neeson.


This podcast can be heard in a variety of formats, including iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Google Play. 

3 thoughts on “Fate And Struggle (Podcast)

  1. QC
    Really great to listen to your thoughts on The Grey. I agree – completely under-appreciated movie! I bought it back in 2013 after watching on demand. That final scene was quite powerful – the juxtaposition of his memories with the present action was incredible. It is the kind of ending you never forget.
    It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the decision the character Diaz makes.

    If you get the chance, I highly recommend Wind River. Great acting and a great story. I watched it with my father and son, and the father in the movie makes a comment to Jeremy Renner toward the end while wearing his “death mask” which struck a chord. The line was very sad and should serve as a warning to all of us who cherish our history.

    Thank you for all of your work. It educates and inspires me and I pass that on to my children. Hopefully others do the same because it is a treasury of wisdom and logic.

    Oh, and Cop was a great movie recommendation. James Woods was priceless in that role. No way the movie could get made today. Loved his interactions with Lesley Ann Warren.

    Keep it up!

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    • John: Interesting philosophical question.
      And great comment.
      The Diaz character presents a difficult issue to resolve. He was certainly a brave man and redeemed his earlier acts of trouble-making in the movie.
      Can an man honorably exit this life by his own hand? The Stoic view was that under certain conditions, it could be done without shame. If a man had no options left, and he knew what he was doing, then it was permissible. When faced with a hopeless situation, this can seem to make sense.
      But for me, I see myself as more taking the view of the Liam Neeson character. I’ve always thought it was better to fight to the last breath, and try to take your enemy with you. But then again, I am not on the spot, in this situation. No one really knows until they are in the position.



  2. Thank for attending to my question , Quintus. I appreciate your insight and your candor. And, in all candor, I took a religious tack to the question because I know students who would use that approach to explore the topic, and because your article raises the question of “belief in the goddess”, without using that precise verbiage. I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve even been asked if I myself believe in the Greek/Roman pantheon, since I teach it so often.

    But I take your advice to heart: relax and teach the content; don’t complicate it.

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