“Tis weak and vicious people who cast the blame on Fate. The right use of Fate is to bring up our conduct to the loftiness of nature.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fate: the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do: destiny (Merriam-Webster)
Life is what one makes it. Do I believe in fate? Good question. Personally I don’t believe fate exists to the extent of being the only determining factor of the outcome of ones life. OMG! That would mean that I am totally responsible for my life. That would be disastrous for a society that doesn’t seem to want to take responsibility for anything. Last I heard they were trying to get the word “responsibility” removed from the English language.
Then what is fate? Well, could it be limitations or situations in our life that we don’t understand but we have to call it something. I feel there are reasons that two peoples paths cross but I don’t necessarily think of it as fate.
“If we must accept fate we are not less compelled to affirm liberty, the significance of the individual, the grandeur of duty, the power of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If fate dictates what our life will be then why do we even try to better ourselves. Why do we dream? I mean if you believe fate/destiny are in control of your life, then your life has pretty much been mapped out. If you were destined to be poor then why try to be anything else? Not everyone can be poor or rich, unless you are a member of the United States congress. There you go in poor and come out rich.
“It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau
I think of fate like sin. Christianity teaches that one must repent from sin to enter heaven. They also teach that God gave everyone “free will”. In other words it is up to the individual to decide where they want to spend eternity or if they want to play the hand that fate dealt them.
To defeat fate one must do it through power. Emerson wrote:
“He who sees through the design, presides over it, and must will which must be. We sit and rule, and, though we sleep, our dream will come to pass. Our thought, though it were only an hour old, affirms an oldest necessity, not to be separated from thought, and not to be separated from will. They must always have coexisted. It apprises us of its sovereignty and godhead, which refuse to be separated from it.”
Now I know there are those of you a lot smarter than this here old horseshoer and feel free to tell me if I am way off base. I think that Emerson is saying that to overcome fate, we need power, a combination of thought and will. I believe here “will” is truth and the desire to exist or overcome (fate) and when combined with thought one creates the power to write their own chapters in their life.
I am sure there will be those who will not agree with my interpretation of fate so we will have to just agree to disagree. I like it when I can write something that is thought provoking. I think there is a majority of folks out there that need some stimulation of the thought process. I don’t mean it as an insult. Technology has pretty much created a life where folks don’t have to think as much anymore.
“I suppose that the great questions of “Fate, Freewill, Foreknowledge Absolute,” which used to be discussed at Concord, are still unsettled.” – Henry David Thoreau
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