Do you believe in fate, that everything happens for a reason, or do you think that our actions lead the way?
This is a complicated question that deserves a more well thought out answer. I will come back and complete this in a little while. Stay tuned.
The following is only my opinion. I’d sincerely love to hear yours. Do you believe in fate or not? Why or why not?
So this is a quandary. While this question really delves deeply into personal philosophies and religious understandings this is a simple blog and not some treatise. So as such I’m going to only glance at the surface of this question.
Do I believe in fate?
No. I do not. I do not believe that everything happens for a reason. I do not believe in crazy coincidences and long shot ironies. I wish I did sometimes, because it seems like a fanciful romantic world of illusion and mystery. It’s like when you’re younger and you think that magicians actually know magic. You grow up and realize it’s clever illusions. You can still appreciate the show, but the mystery is lost.
When I hear people say things like, “Oh…you know how things happens in threes.” I internally cringe. It hurts my brain. “Things” don’t happen in threes, people just count random events until they get to three. When someone close to you dies you look for the meaning in their death. You want to think “It had to happen for a reason.” but death doesn’t happen for a reason. Death just happens. That’s it. Granted you can take things away from a persons death; those are your own personal decisions, not the fates playing with your motivations.
I think people mistake random happenstance for the long arm of fate. I don’t feel this way. My own actions have more bearing on my life than anything else. If random events, good or bad, happen they just happen. That’s it.
But this is just my opinion. I could be wrong. There could be a master puppeteer behind the scenes and the strings that move me could be too thin for me to see. Who knows? If you believe in fate, or you think that some unseen force guides your life, feel free to. I just don’t subscribe to that belief.