Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fate vs Free Will

This morning I happen to catch a discussion on CNN about the new movie Matt Damon is in called The Adjustment Bureau, which actually looks rather interesting.  And so they were discussing Fate vs Free Will because that is the premise of the movie.  What is the role of each, and how do each affect our lives....

Something I have pondered various times over the years, as I feel to a certain extent our lives have a plan, or fate as many refer to it as.  Though it seems hard to make sense of at times, very hard, and I'm sure there are many who would disagree with the concept.  As to believe in fate would mean there is a higher power of some sort guiding us. And to many that is their truth, but to many who don't believe in such a way of life they would deny such a Deity.

Yet I can't help but think we are guided to a certain extent in this life. Which could be why some times we have intuitive type of feelings.  And I'm not denying that free will exists because I think it is as much a part of life as fate.  Could it be those choices sway more in the one direction then the other though? 

There do seem to be certain choices made for us the physical state of our bodies, the color of our skin, the families we are born into, the places we are born, etc., so to a certain extent initially we don't have much choice for we are born into many of what is to become our life.  But then what develops from there, the choices we make are they completely controlled by us? 

What happens when free will gets in the way of what might be the intended course or plan?  Do we consciously realize it?  I can't help but wonder if those moments of free will, when we leave our possible
intended paths, are they the moments we feel more unhappiness or discord in our lives?  And not only that but how one choice can affect so many others must be taken into consideration as well.

Or when our intuition suggests one thing but we do another....what affect or impact does that essentially have? Can we change the course of our fate by one action or choice?  And is it possible to get back on one's path if by chance they get mislead along the way?

Fascinating subject. Just think about the choices you have made in life, the choices we have all different many of our lives might be had we chose one path from the other. 

Even if you believe in both, or one over the other, there still lies the even bigger question of is their a purpose to life? Why are we here, and what happens after our time on earth?  That all plays into this enormous topic as well.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Fate, Chance, God's Will - we all try to account for our lives somehow.  What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane?  Gotta be Fate. 

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.

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