Fate v Free Will

We all have to travel through the maze that is life.  It’s one turn after the next, one decision leading to the next and so on.  Each turn bringing us closer to the end of our lives.  The question begging to be asked is it of some kind of divine providence or is it truly our own decisions paving our path?

I don’t believe there is a ‘god’. Yes, someone or something created us, but they are not someone to be worshiped.  The Venatori don’t believe in the human god or gods of past.  The universe is our guide.  Some say that prophecy and fate are what guide us.  That free will is nothing.  But then why give us the semblance of free will?  Why give us the ability to make choices.  Why not just instinct?  Animals survive on instinct.  They aren’t guided by good or bad decisions, just instinct.  Horses don’t jump off cliff’s cause that’s stupid.  A trained horse might do it, but even horses know when something like that is going to get you killed.

Did I turn left because it was fate?  What about waking up this morning?  Was that fate?  I could have stayed in bed all day?  Did I avoid my fate by getting out of bed?

The universe is too large to say fate guides everything.  Fate can change based on your decisions.  You can fuck up your destiny if you try hard enough.  Make the wrong choices.  There is only so much the all seeing eye can do for you.  It can’t watch you all the time, everywhere, and everyone.  No one has that kind of power.

8 Comments

  1. Nel says:

    I think you’re my new best friend. Seriously. This is the best summation of the way I feel about religion that I’ve ever read. I’ve even asked the free will question you posed here and gotten the blow off.

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    1. Nox says:

      I don’t know what to say… and that’s pretty rare for me. I can’t speak for religion, and AJ won’t. But I’m glad it resonated.

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  2. Free will versus fate? Tackling the big issues Nox? Does it really matter? All roads lead to Rome after all.

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    1. Nox says:

      I was contemplating prophecy :P

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      1. That end statement stands pretty boy, all roads lead to Rome :P

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      2. Nox says:

        Why would I want to go to Rome?

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      3. Great food? It’s an idiom, means no matter which way you go your destination is the same, in this case death.

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      4. Nox says:

        Well uh….. Yes Italy is good good. But death hmmm…

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