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Fate in people's livesMany people believe that our lives are predestined and controlled...
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I feel that we have perceivable influence over our actions. The larger outcome or culmination of our lives and the events that characterize them may be outside of our control, but the power of decision still rests with us, the individual.
It is interesting to consider how powerful chance can be in shaping our lives, but chance - or any other "power" outside the individual - seems balanced by our own power to act.
Posted by e-martin on January 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM (Answer #2)
High School Teacher
I believe each individual has control over their own lives. Nearly everyone will face examples of good and bad fortune during their lifetime, but I don't believe there is some kind of supernatural presence (aside from perhaps God) that controls the events of one's life. When things seem to be going bad for some people, those same people can enact changes necessary to turn things around.
Posted by bullgatortail on January 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM (Answer #3)
It must surely be the case that we are partly in control of our lives and partly subject to chance. I do not believe anyone is guiding the chance events.
As an example, it was pure chance that led me and my now wife to go to the same college. But then it has largely been our actions that have allowed us to remain together and still be happy 25 years after we first met.
Posted by pohnpei397 on January 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM (Answer #4)
Middle School Teacher
I think that you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to those events. Even if you believe in fate, your choices are your own. You can choose your own destiny by how you treat the problems fate throws at you.
Posted by litteacher8 on January 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM (Answer #5)
I have heard it said that, since every effect has a preceding cause, everything that has happened in the universe since the Big Bang was already predetermined by the Big Bang itself. That means, according to this notion, that every single detail of our lives was already determined at the time of the Big Bang. This could be a scientific way of describing what has been called Fate. According to this notion, the exact day, hour and minute of our death is already on record somewhere. Would you want to know that information if it were available?
Posted by billdelaney on January 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM (Answer #6)
I would like to ask a general question regarding "The Monkey's Paw." If you had an opportunity to make three wishes, knowing they would be granted, what would you wish for? Or would you decline to make any wishes at all, fearing that your wishes might be granted in some tragic way? At one time I might have wished for a few billion dollars and the ability to be the world's greatest pianist (although I can't play a note). But now I think I would be content to ask for perfect health and peace of mind. What's your first wish?
Posted by billdelaney on February 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM (Answer #7)
Middle School Teacher
I believe that we do have influence over our own lives by how we choose to live them. I know that the incredible stress with which I have lived for many years is now coming back to haunt me in the extent of damage arthritis etc. has done to my body. I have no regrets as my children and my sister needed the person I was for them to be there without question. If I could make wishes as post 7 is asking, I would wish for perfect health, a few good friends, and the ability to be happy with what I have and not wish for more. As for my death, I would like to know the relative time, but not the exact date as that feels too much like desperation. Having helped my father and sister get ready for death, I don't feel any fear, just a sense of who will be there or will anyone care if I am gone other than my family? There is no sense of doom, just curiosity.
Posted by mizzwillie on February 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM (Answer #8)
As a Christian, I place my life in the hands of God. God gave man free will to do what he believed was the right thing to do. Therefore, what happens to me becomes my responsibility. I cannot achieve anything without the support of the Lord. Where he leads me I will go!
Essentially, I guess I do not then believe in fate if it is defined as the development of events outside a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.
Belief in fate as a predetermined course of events beyond human control is called fatalism. If a person believes in fate, then if we cannot change our destiny. Whyeven try? Just sit down and let what happens, happen because we have no control about anything. This is not the biblical teaching.
Fatalism is a major premise of Islam, which demands total submission to the sovereignty of Allah. It is widely held in Hinduism, too; in fact, it is a fatalistic view of life that helps keep India’s caste system in place.
Greek mythology told of the Moirai, or the Fates, three goddesses pictured as weavers of men’s lives. Their decisions could not be canceled or annulled, even by other gods. Again, fatalism is not a biblical concept.
Christians believe in faith in God and his guidance and in a world that God provided for man to choose to live as much away from sin as possible.
Posted by carol-davis on February 8, 2013 at 4:15 AM (Answer #9)
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