…live your life with arms wide open, today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten… Natasha Beddingfield
…Every day is a journal page, every man holds a quill and ink.Â And there’s plenty of room for writing in all we do and believe and think… Chris Rice
Compatibilism (from Wikipedia): the belief thatÂ free willÂ andÂ determinism are in fact compatible and capable of co-existence.Â
Fate|Destiny: Although the words are used interchangeably, fate and destiny are distinct things.Â … Fate is an outcome determined by an outside agency acting upon a person or entity; but with destiny the entity is participating in achieving an outcome that is directly related to itself. Participation happens wilfully.
So what do you think, campers?Â Is your future preordained?Â Was your past predestined?Â Are we all just making it up as we go along?Â Or is it some mix of the two?Â Are there certain key events that are, in fact, certainties–while others are left up to human choice?Â What’s your stance on divine intervention?Â And why would the Divine need to intervene if everything is going to happen the way it’s going to happen?Â
Are there moments you can point to in your life where you knew you were at a crossroads, you knew that your decision would change the course of your life (maybe many peoples lives), and you believed you were truly free to make that choice?
The last week or so has presented me with a lot of cause to pause and reflect over my personal story.Â How much of it did I bring upon myself, and how much (if any) was placed in my path?Â How much of what’s ahead is really up to me?
As for me personally, I tend to fall somewhere in the middle.Â I have to believe that my choices have mattered, and will continue to matter.Â But I also believe that some things are certain, or at least so likely as to be virtually certain.Â
I tend to agree with Mary Beth Mayfair, the character from Anne Rice’s Witching Hour, who said that while the future isn’t set, it is usually very predictable, because while everyone has free will,Â the vast majority of people never use it.Â One really determined, wide-awake person can change the course of history, but such people are few and far between.Â Most people are content to travel in the rutÂ presented toÂ them their whole lives.Â
What about you folks?Â How similar is your life to the one everyone expected you to have?