FPQ19: Is It Fate?

Fandango provocatively asks:

“Do you believe in fate and/or predestination? If so, what or who is the source? If you do believe in predestination, is there anything anyone can do to change their predestined fate?”

And bonus: “If you believe God is the source, and God has already determined the future for each of us, why should people bother to pray?”

This is a doozy. I’m probably not going to be able to explain my thoughts that well ~ I’ve been messing up a lot lately anyway. My posts are full of typos, errors, and calling people by the wrong name. I have no excuses.

I don’t believe in God or anything supernatural, but there’s a whole lot of “natural” I don’t fully grasp because I don’t have the science knowledge or the vocab to express my hazy thoughts. That said, I’ll answer the praying question anyway: people pray because it makes them feel good and gives them hope, which they then offer to others out of kindness, and what’s wrong with that? You don’t have to share their beliefs to understand that they’re doing something nice.

So, “fate.” Taking out any supernatural elements, there are two components left (imo): time and free will. I don’t fully understand the concept of time, but I lean toward the interesting idea that everything has already happened and we’re simply experiencing it in a way our minds can grasp it. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take precautions and do all our normal, sensible things. But whatever occurs next will occur regardless.

In the same way, I don’t much believe in free will. I think our actions are dependent upon and determined by what came before, biologically and environmentally. In this way, I believe we are “fated” to do the things we do, simply as a result of who we are, but not because some spirit in the sky is directing the show.

Sorry, if none of this makes any sense! 😜

18 responses to “FPQ19: Is It Fate?

  1. Very interesting response, Paula. I like your take on prayers, especially since I think “sending thoughts and prayers” only makes the person who “sends” them feel better about themselves without really having any other value. I’m not sure I understand what you mean with respect to time — that everything has already happened and we’re simply experiencing it in a way our mind can grasp it. I’ll have to think about that one. As to fate, are you saying that if someone, for example, doesn’t like the trajectory of his/her life and makes a decision to change, that decision to change is not an action of free will, but is something they were destined (fated) to do? Another concept I’ll have to give more thought to.

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    • Thanks! Yes, I do think that praying benefits only the one who prays, but it is their intention to be kind when offering to pray for others. Also yes, I do believe that the people who are able to make changes in their lives have the right physical, emotional, and other factors set in their favor for the most part. Not saying it’s wrong to say YAY when they do it, but maybe a little less condemnation of those who can’t seem to lose weight, quit smoking, etc. Now some will say… what about criminals who can’t stop criming? I say we should have sympathy for them as well… as we execute them. 😀

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  2. A bit confusing, but I think I have some idea of what you are saying.

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  3. Deep and interesting. I believe things happen in nature etc. choices people make can have a ripple effect. The only thing in our power (I think) is how we choose to respond, yet illness (including mental illness) is not in our control so… randomness. I have a hard time believing in a holy being that pulls puppet strings. My two cents.

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  4. I loved this answer. Very interesting.

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  5. This kind of makes sense to me.

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