|Amor Fati - The Love of Fate
||The French historian of philosophy Pierre Hadot describes the Stoic understanding of external fortune using Nietzsche's phrase "Amor Fati" - or "the love of fate." The Stoics ask the question, "what is the wise emotion toward experiences outside of our control?" Their answer is love. The wise man loves all our experience granted to us by Nature, including the ugly ones, even, as Marcus Aurelius writes, the "snarl of the wild animal." Because of Nature's "interweaving," Hatred of 'ugly' experience is a hatred of Nature itself, and only hinders our reasoning power. Marcus Aurelius practiced the exercise of Amor Fati. Pierre Hadot writes, "If an event happens to me this means that it has been produced by the universal totality of the causes which constitute the cosmos... This interconnection or interweaving - the mutual implication of all things in all things - is one of Marcus' favorite themes. For him, as for the Stoics in general, the cosmos is but one single living entity." Epictetus advocates exercising this recognition, explaining, "Do not seek for things to happen the way you want them to; rather, wish that what happens happen the way it happens: then you will be happy." Practice this exercise to correct your impression of an 'ugly' external experience.