Does believing in destiny undermine free will?
Can you believe that both exist at the same time? Or is that a conflict that cannot be overcome?
Dictionary.com defines destiny as the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events. I am conflicted philosophically when I think about life, free will and destiny. On the one hand the way I met my wife seems like the events were destined to happen. On the other hand, destiny appears to undermine humanities free will.
I have always believed that every man and woman has the power to change his or her future with the power of a single thought; one single desire can alter the course of a person’s life. And this belief is central to my own actions, as well as, my writings. To say that life is predetermined negates my ability to alter my path. Right? After all, if I am…