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Who or what weaves our fate? And what is fate? Death? Destiny? Chance? Future?
What is fate? Our future Human action Our outcomes Our decisions
Who or what weaves our fate? Human actions and decisions, whether of ourselves or others, are what weave our fate. No higher power or supernatural force can supersede that of society or ourselves.
But how can we be so sure? We will delve into the minds of four figures from history and the present day to find the answer. On the surface, some prove my point, others counter it. But they all eventually show that human action and decision weave our fate.
Homer’s The Odyssey In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is plagued by fate: encountering a Cyclops, numerous shipwrecks, and eventually almost losing his wife. In The Odyssey, most of Odysseus’ misfortunes are caused by interference from the gods.
What it Proves about Homer’s Thoughts Thus, Homer shows that higher powers have influence over our future.
However, Odysseus’ fate is always controlled by human action. He defeats the Cyclops through human ingenuity; he goes through shipwrecks because of the human nature to be inept; and he saves the structure of his family with human ingenuity.
Jefferson’s Thoughts on Fate Jefferson believed that the actions of society and ourselves are what weaved our fate. He did not find humans inherently good or evil, and felt that our actions and decisions led to our life’s path.
Jefferson’s Morality But do Jefferson’s pleasant fate and unpleasant decisions and actions such as slave ownership belie his view on fate?
Fate is decided by society and oneself; the former led to Jefferson’s pleasant fate. Jefferson was viewed as a heroic figure by the people, and his popularity, not his own actions, are what weaved his fate.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Expatriate Buddhist monk
Hanh, Religion, and Fate Thich Nhat Hanh believes that each individual weaves their fate, and dismisses the thought of a “higher power” as having control of our lives.
Full Morality and Ethics Hanh believes that humans are able to reach a state of full morality, nirvana, with no ambiguity. He feels that it is possible to go beyond the constant scale of good and evil through practicing the proper views, intentions, actions, and concentrations.
Do we have control over our morality?
John F. Kennedy
Kennedy’s Sound Bites: What they Show Regarding his Views on Fate Kennedy believed that the loyalty and nobility in a person were what guided their fate and actions. While he was a religious man, he believed in the human as opposed to divine intervention in life.
Religion and its Role on Fate According to JFK John F. Kennedy was a religious man, but he held the belief that we control our own fate with our own noble qualities.
The Role of Government in Controlling the Lives of People But at what point does society stop its forced reliance on government and solve the problems with minds other than those who created the problems themselves?
Another Point of View But how can we explain phenomena such as abject poverty or disease? Have the people living through wretched hunger, epidemics, and/or natural disasters brought their situation upon themselves?
A Rebuttal No. The decisions of ourselves are simply part of our own fate. Societal choice and action were certainly very involved in their fate. Many suffer from the effects of political corruption, or longstanding unjust inequality.
Why This Matters Knowing the boundaries of our fate, and that which decides it, will allow humans to “play god” through control and protection of ourselves and others by making the right decisions so as to maximize a pleasant fate for all.
The Power “Playing God” Gives Society If we as humans are able to “play god,” we would be able to solve the issues facing the world and ourselves in ways none of us could imagine.
What this Means about Human Condition But the power of “playing god,” if used incorrectly, could lead to catastrophic results.
Conclusion Human actions and decisions, whether of ourselves or others, are what weave our fate. No higher power or supernatural force can supersede that of society or ourselves.
Final Thoughts When we make decisions, or take action on anything - from deciding whether to sign our name on a business document or deciding whether to sign our name to free a country - that is what weaves our fate.
Ask Yourself… What is fate? Who has power? Is it related to fate?
Ask Yourself… What is the true balance of morality and immorality? Is there a formula for deciding it or is it ambiguous? Is morality related to fate? And who or what weaves our fate?