Captain of the Ship
One discovers a number of different reactions to the unpleasant aggressions coming from anywhere. It's easy to attribute the acts to other people, and that's commonly done. Sometimes the person, her*himself, is perceived as the miscreant, while other times a punishing god is pinpointed. And still other times, no one and nothing are specifically responsible.
No matter what, the truth is evident. People are in charge of their own ships. They find it difficult to detach from the view of things being done to them; that that they are victims of superior powers. In a mundane sense, this is frequently accurate, but further contemplation reveals the impossibility of establishing a real source of authority. The decisions concerning one's destiny are a mystery.
The Greeks created the three Fates as an explanation. They calmly spun, measured, and cut the threads of human existence to their liking. But what influenced their moves? I suppose some entity or entities guide humans' every move, and what or who they are is a continuing puzzle. Each event is a bridge to another, and a comprehensible view of the sequence comes and goes.
Outside pressure is in the winds, and its genuine source is mostly unlearned. Acting with and against the forces comes automatically, as they ebb and flow. Skilled navigation comes with experience. And maybe intent.
Establishing metaphysical longitude and latitude is a lifetime endeavor, as is reading the winds and currents.
If one uses the metaphor, that is.