Synecdoche, New York ★★★★★

Idea of life as acting is very old. We can find it in Stoicism, for example, in Epictetus. This is passage from 'Handbook' written by his his pupil Flavius Arrianus, who collected in it Epictetus' words.
''Remember that thou art an actor in a play, of such a kind as the teacher
(author) may choose; if short, of a short one; if long, of a long one:
if he wishes you to act the part of a poor man, see that you act the
part naturally; if the part of a lame man, of a magistrate, of a private
person, (do the same). For this is your duty, to act well the part that
is given to you; but to select the part, belongs to another.''
Stoics were believed in 'fatum' - the destiny. The world is governed by natural laws, and people can't avoid them. For good, happy life full of wisdom, they need to aknowledge that, and obbey. So, wise man should know that everything that happens - must happen.
''It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others
for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be
instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is
completed, neither to blame another, nor himself.''