“Fate is nothing, but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence”, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
You’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into preparing yourself for this very moment, but does that guarantee the victory? As Lisa See states in her novel, The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, “You make choices that are good and sound, but the gods have other plans for you.” This quote implies that even though you may do all the right things so that you can obtain a certain outcome, a greater force may have something better or worse in store for you, therefore giving you a different result. This idea of fate versus free will can be visible throughout many pieces of literature as wells as the lives of any individual. Notably in my life and the Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into Thin Air, the concept of making a certain decision that could potentially change the rest of your life is clearly illustrated.
Fate, one of the many confusing questions in life, does it exist? Does it not? Do you make these choices on your own that cause you to go astray? Or is it your own fault that you’ve happened to descend to utter peril because you were simply born. I feel this is this the effect of fate. For example, one day there was a young man named Steven Anderson. The typical embodiment of a male, he happened to meet a woman named Marilyn Smith in whom he fell in love with. Rather than rejecting his advances, Marilyn accepted them. Two years, they’ve married and later down the road Steven and Marilyn Anderson have two kids. Who are named Malachi and Christina, if fate had not brought them together I would not be here.
Well there is always the fate aspect in everything that occurs in our lives but majority of the outcomes created from the individuals own decisions. It is up to the individual to determine what can occur, if they do one thing then something will be the outcome. A side from that, there is always the possibility of being at the wrong place at the wrong time which can have an affect of on the outcomes of life.
The outcome of things depends on both the power of the individual and destiny because they tie in with each other. Things do not just happen, randomly, they happen for a reason only to be seen at the end of things. For example, Jim was raised by his parents in Virginia until they died, upon which his relatives shipped him west to his grandparents. This is part of his journey through life which was predetermined. Jim, as an adult writing, realizes that Destiny makes our decisions and nothing need be worried about because he "did not say my prayers that night [the first night on the farm in Nebraska]: here, I felt, what would be would be." (7) The next big chance Jim takes where his is unsure of what will happen is going to college. Over there he befriends Gaston Cleric, a Classics Instructor. Later on Cleric gets a job at Harvard that "he would like to take me East with him. To my astonishment, gran...
Many people claim that your life is governed by fate; that we as humans don’t have any say in what happens. In my opinion this is an excuse used by the unsuccessful. Although there are some things that you can’t stop, your life is a product of your decisions. There is no such thing as fate. The outcome of your life is produced by you.
Many people argue “against thinking and theories that emphasize only ‘meaningless’ chance and mere probabilities” (Solomon). There is an idealistic standard that says that everything has to have an explanation, “a purpose behind [its] existence” (Solomon). However, in the end, the general society is more worried about what the future holds rather than who is controlling the future, like God or fate. The role that fate plays today isn’t imperative, nor is it something on which all people have to unanimously agree. It is simply a part of the universal story in which we carry on our daily lives:
Destiny… some people believe in it, some don’t, and some try to foretell future. A lot of people recon that future is written and nothing they do can alter it. I don’t think it’s that simple. If everything in this life was predetermined by some supernatural powers why do we always get a choice? The choice is not always easy or obvious but it is always there: from the early childhood we chose who we want to be, who we want to hang out with, what we like to do or study, who to love and who to hate, with whom we want to spend the rest of our life. Some Asian cultures even believed in “The Red Thread of Destiny,” which is a legend about gods that tied “an invisible red string around the ankles of those that are destined to meet each other in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break” (1). I think a person is a master of his or her own fate. Of course other people or circumstances may affect his or hers destiny – like belonging to a particular nation or having an incurable malady - but only to a certain point. When I was born my parents were told that I would never walk. If they had complied with that verdict I probably have been wheelchair-bounded for the rest of my life, but they didn’t, they never gave up and by the age of one I walked better than any other infant. I believe it proves that destiny comes into play only when or if a person i...
Perhaps it is no more than the accumulation of years, the simple passage of time that accounts for the recent turn in my thoughts towards the manner in which the events of my life have occurred and brought me to what I politely call "the current state." After all, when those accumulated years require the placement of a number with (to my thinking) the heft of a 29 in front of them to be described, and there is (again, to my thinking) so little to show in the way of accomplishment for so great a span of time, well, a fellow can't help but begin to wonder "how?" or, more to the point, "why?" These recent thoughts of mine dovetail nicely with one of the themes in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy: the randomness of life. Although an acceptance of the randomness of life may seem somewhat frightening at first, with all it portends for the futility of human planning. I think the opposite case is more frightening still. Personally I would hate to think that the sequence of events that have led me to the current state have happened by design. That, trust me, is the truly frightening thought.
“The wheel of time moves on and on, the old dies and the young steps into the world. We ring out the old and ring in the new. A child changes into a boy, a boy into a youth and then into a man. The bud changes into a flower. The dawn turns into morning, morning into noon, noon into afternoon and afternoon into night. Today is not yesterday, we ourselves change. No change is permanent, it is subject to change. This is observed in all spares of activity. Change indeed is painful, yet needful. Flowing water is wholesome, and stagnant water is poisonous. Only when it flows through and alters with changes, it is able to refresh and recreate. Change is an ever-present phenomenon; it is the law of nature. Society is not at all a static phenomenon, but it is a dynamic entity. It is an on going