Fate - the development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. That’s this week’s LBC topic.
That’s one school of thought. What will be will be. It’s all worked out for us.
I don’t attend that particular school. There is much randomness and personal choice involved. While certainly some things can de fated – should you be in the 50% of eligible people with a parent with HD and you get that gene your fate is sealed. But it was random;ly passed – each child of ah HD afflicted parent has a 50% chance of getting the gene. There are other genetic conditions passed down as well. But not with 100% probability and hence not fate.
There are those religious among us that believe our fate is determined by whether or not we follow the dictates of their god. They say your choices determine your fate. They got the latter correct.
Fate as defined above does not exist as far as I am concerned. I deny the supernatural involvement. Fate hinges on the choices we make and every road down which we travel offers a selection of outcomes. Those outcomes are determined by the choices we make along the way. You choose what gets The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award by your action and/or inaction.
Consider this – if you stepped into Mr Peabody’s WayBack Machine and had your life to live over would it be exactly the same? If you had no more information than original you would the outcomes be the same? What about those random choices – say a coin-toss decision. Would a different toss outcome lead you down a different path with different life outcomes? I think maybe so.
If things were predetermined would there be any magic in our lives? Could we feel this?
Life is an adventure. It isn’t scripted. You have the ability to determine your own fate as it were. As Buddha said, I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
That’s my quick take on fate. Check out what the other LBC posters have to sa