Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Why Valar Addemmis?
Well, clearly I have a thing for long-form Fantasy; especially those with fleshed-out worlds and ancient languages. But while the Valar Morghulis/Valar Dohaeris challenge/response from Game of Thrones is fun and ominous-sounding, I thought they were somewhat overplayed and just a bit emo.
There was another Fantasy epic that I devoured — The Wheel of Time. There was a saying that really stuck with me as a good way to make life decisions: “Take what you want and pay for it”. Subsequently I’ve seen it attributed to the Spanish, as an Arab proverb, and to God. But regardless, it speaks to what I see as a healthy personal philosophy, rooted in causality. One can live life confidently and avoid second guessing or regrets by being forthright and honest about what they want, and determining whether it is worth the costs (whether financial, emotional, physical, social, etc).
Now where was I? Oh yes, Valar Addemmis. “All men must pay”. In case it’s not painfully obvious, this is intended as descriptive and not prescriptive — I see no reason to run around and try to make others account for their actions, at least not outside of our common law framework. But I think it provides a good reminder to weigh consequences before decisions.
Reasonable people may disagree about whether death or servitude are inevitable, but there’s no escaping causality.