Do we make our fates or is life preordained??
I believe that quite a bit of life is determined for you because society has bought into the monetary system and it limits the choices we have based on what we can afford. Finding the loopholes in this system to gain an advantage is how you gain more freedom.
I somewhat think of life and our will as like needing to row a boat on a stream.
We can, on occasions, choose one stream or the other as it splits. Or at least we can choose sides of the stream such that we go down one fork or the other when it splits. But aside from that, we are stuck mostly within a narrow stream. The reality of life guides, or even makes, us go in very specific directions most of the time. But I do think we have a very real kind of choice sometimes.
Preordination & predestination are religious constructs to pigeonhole the masses in believing they have no direct impact over their own life & what ever happens, good or ill, god did it & anyone who abuses them or is a despot, etc, has been preordained by god to test the faithful to see if they are truly subservient to god's will.
Preordination & predestination are religous constructs to pigeonhole the masses in believing they have no direct impact over their own life & what ever happens, good or ill, god did it & amyone who abuses them or is a despot, etc, has been preordained by god to test the faithful to see if they are truly subservient to god's will.
I don’t believe it is one or the other. Some things we cannot control, our genetic make-up for instance, others we can by the choices we make, and probably the one that influences the outcome of our lives most is serendipity. Chance happenings or interaction with others which can take our lives on completely different paths. I often think of this when I wonder what direction my life would have taken if my husband had not come to Edinburgh and we had never met.
The trajectories of our lives are a result of three forces: Chance, determination by internal and external forces or influences (genes, peers, upbringing, environment); and path dependency (the path behind heavily influences the path ahead).
Very important are critical junctures, points in our lives where the way bifurcates.