I would like to believe that I control my own fate. My destiny is up to me to make. I chose the path which I travel. I am the one who’s responsible for my future. The decisions I choose to make now changes the events of tomorrow. I would like to believe that I’m in control but do I have any more control of my fate than I do the weather? Does free will exist or is it something that we are made to believe. I am not so sure anymore.
“Everything happens for a reason.”
I’m sure most of us have heard of this phrase. If you believe in that phrase, then you believe in fate. You believe that things are happening around you without your intervention. But if you believe in fate, then you do not believe in free will. Believing in free will means that you believe your actions are control by you and not an external force.
God would be an example of that external force. God supposedly has a grand design and you are a part of it. If that is so, then your future has been predetermined and everything that you do is the will of God. Free will does not exist for you. If someone gets into a car accident and dies, it’s because God needed that person in Heaven. To me, that doesn’t make sense.
God is supposed to be almighty and powerful. If he is, he would not need your help in Heaven for anything. This is the being that created the universe in a matter of days. What exactly can we do that would help him in Heaven? Maybe he just needs a cheering squad or something.
I am a believer of free will and I believe that no one has control over my life. Everything happens for a reason and that reason is my decision. I decide to do things and that in effect causes something else to happen. If something bad comes out of it, it is my own fault. If I’m at fault, I’m the one who takes the blame. If I run to the bus stop to catch the bus and it takes off, it’s because the bus driver decided to drive off. I don’t think that God tapped the bus driver on the shoulders and whispered to him to drive off. It was no one else’s decision other than the bus driver.
Sometimes, I like to believe that we have semi free will. We are allowed to do whatever we want but along the way, some mysterious force likes to drop hints. What you do with those hints is up to you. If you’re Asian, you’ve probably had a time where your parents had a dream. According to what they remember from that dream, they’ll convert it’s meanings into numbers. With that number, they’ll go and play the lottery. If your parents happen to win the lottery, how do you explain that?
There are a lot of strange things that happens on one’s life that doesn’t make sense. It makes you wonder if the events are the caused by your actions or if something else caused it. There’s no way of knowing for sure because you can’t possibly perform tests to provide you with results from all possible angles.
If something happens and it’s beyond your control, just let it go. You’re just going to waste your time trying to come up with some logical explanation of how and why it happened. Life is complicated enough so you shouldn’t make it any more worse. Unless you have the time to sit around and contemplate about the reasoning behind the weird event, don’t waste it.