It’s Impossible to Control Forces That Do Not ExistMattea ScheuermanAmerican Literature and CompositionMrs. Lewis21 November 2017″When people stop believing they are free agents, they stop seeing themselves as blameworthy for their actions,” (Cave). It is amazing how many people trust in fate and the theory that everything happens for a reason. Many believe in the idea that all the events that happen in life are predetermined, already carved out for every single person. However, the argument begins when people start questioning this and start to wonder whether that predetermined path can be controlled.
Can people control fate, or better yet, does fate even exist? Many influential people such as Socrates, Stephen Hawking, and many more are among those who believe fate is not real. This report is intended to cover the debate on whether or not fate exists and to persuade readers that it does not exist. Through research this paper will show that fate does not exist meaning that people do not need to control it, fate has divided people into factions, and lastly it will show how fate has been tested through both scientifically and psychologically. Fate is the principle that determines the events that have yet to come, meaning it is something that is inevitable, (Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary, 1993). Approximately fifty-four percent of the population believe that life is predetermined in all events and that no matter what people do to alter these events they still will reach the same outcome. Of course, not all people follow the same beliefs. This is the fundamental that sparks the debate on whether or not fate can be controlled.
An argument that has been present since ancient Greek philosophy in 6th century BC and became a major focus to those philosophers in that time. However, a new stance on this debate is saying that fate does not need to be controlled simply because it does not exist. People are entirely responsible for everything that happens in their life. Decisions made by people have consequences, but that is not saying that our decisions are carved out for us. For example, if people decide that they want to make in impact on their environment, they will be able to make an impact of their environment. “Every choice carries a consequence. For better or worse, each choice is the unavoidable consequence of its predecessor.
There are not exceptions,” (Blair). Fate is an unrealistic concept that people, both religious and nonreligious, blindly believe. Their reason for believing in this system is summarized in saying that they are using fate as a mechanism to avoid taking responsibility for their life. By just taking responsibility, people can easily control their futures.
Life is random in the events that occur and every day that passes is just a series of coincidences piled on top of one another. Even with this fifty-four percent of the population still, believe that life is controlled by a force known as fate. Those who have religious background may refer to fate as God’s will. In other words, everything that happens in the lives of the people is dictated by God. Everything happens for a reason and those events are all part of God’s plan. However, when people say these things they are likely using it as a coping mechanism. For example, a young boy’s life was taken prematurely and the parents are grieving over this loss.
In this event, they may be approached by another in which the person states that God had greater plans for the boy in heaven. Almost anyone in this situation would be frustrated in being told this. Though it is sad to say, the boy’s death was not planned and the nonexistent force known as fate had no part in it. He simply just died, and that is just how the world has always functioned. People control how their lives play out up until the day they die, this is just the circle of life. The decisions people made work towards creating their future, constantly affecting those around them. When presented with multiple choices people have the amazing ability to pick between them. The only thing that controls what choices we choose is the people that they are displayed to.
Some believe that though it seems like people have control over their decisions, in reality, they actually don’t. These people also believe that no matter what choice is picked it just leaves to the same result in the end. This is an implausible way of thinking. Each decision presented has a different outcome and leads to a different destination. There is no way that the outcomes of every single living creature are predetermined. The world is not planned out for its inhabitants and it is up to the actions of each person to forge their own way as they proceed through life.
Even with these composed facts people still believe that fate is the ultimate force that leads every person to their destiny in life. Whether fate can or cannot be controlled has separate others for decades and the feud is unlikely to cease anytime soon.Whether or not fate can be controlled has long separated people and has caused widespread arguments on what people think is true. For the most part, these factions are divided into three different groups. One of these groups are made up of those who believe in fate and that it cannot be controlled, which are those who generally follow a religion.
The second are those who believe there’s no such thing as fate or destiny, this faction usually consider was, and those who are in the middle. Each faction has extremely conflicting beliefs, thus the reason the topic has separated so tragically. One of the main factors to the time-consuming war would be their religious standing. Though this not saying that religion is the main factor. Ethics, morals, and many other elements contribute to this feud. Though the argument at hand is pointless it is likely that it will never be resolved.
If it were to someday come to a conclusion it could be said that it would not be for centuries to come.”God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here.” (Poem).
Those who believe in God are likely to be found in the group that believes the world is predetermined and that there is no way for us to control what happens in life. The saying that often comes to mind is, “everything happens for a reason.” To each person, it can take up a different meaning. However, in most cases, it’s used as a coping mechanism to comfort other. Another common saying used for comfort would be, “it’s just part of God’s plan.” No matter how many times these things are said it doesn’t make them true. The world could not be predetermined the moment it was as created considering the world itself was created by chance. The people who side with those who believe fate cannot be controlled may believe that though fate cannot be controlled we still can control the actions we make.
The catch is that those actions all lead to the same outcome. There is many things that we can control, but we cannot control our fate or the future that is determined. The next faction consists of those who believe there’s no such thing as fate, destiny, or God. To them life is random and they believe we have full control over what happens, free will rules over all. This group generally consists of those who are either skeptics or have no religious background to speak of. People’s actions and decisions are what carve their paths. The world isn’t predetermined, there’s no greater force that controls on how our futures play out. These are only a few examples of this group’s beliefs.
People live their lives the way that they want to, making choices that lead them to their future. Included in this faction would be the scientist and psychologist who also believe there is no such thing as fate. They believe that the world wasn’t created by god, but by science. The big bang occurred and caused a domino effect which eventually lead to the present. Many scientific theories hold evidence supporting that fate not only doesn’t exist, but that we aren’t controlled by any forces other than that. Free will is what affects all and that is how the world will forever stay. The last group consists of those who are in between the other two factions.
The few who believe that our lives are an accumulation of both fate and free will. People can make decisions for themselves, but who can say that those decisions weren’t always chosen for us? Those who belong to the middle group are torn in their belief. They believe that our world is a simple combination of cause and effect, we had the choice in the cause, but the effect was already chosen for us. Each one of these groups has their own opinions on the argument of fate.
There’s no actual way to fully prove which group is correct in their beliefs. Perhaps in years to come, mankind will finally have the answer, but only time can tell. However, some evidence favors the group that believes there is no fate more than the other two. If fate were proven to not exist that would show that people wouldn’t have worry about controlling it. People cannot control that which doesn’t exist. Fate has long been tested and taken to new extremes. The debate on whether or not it exists has brought people to test it with science, quantum mechanics, and many other methods. First off, some quantum mechanics theories support that fate does not exist and it all comes down to free will.
Rather than experiencing fate on a daily basis, people experience an effect known as entanglement. Quantum physics describes this as rather than events being predetermined people are able to predict the outcome of some things. This theory was tested during an experiment known as Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR). The people behind this describe it using gloves. A mischievous girl decides to send out one member of a pair of gloves to each of her friends. Upon receiving one of the boxes her friend sees that he received the right glove, and with this he is able to predict what glove her other friend received. This is how quantum entanglement works, but they work for the day to day events that occur in life.
(Koberlien). There’s many people who have come together in order to destroy the concept of fate and try to install the fact that free will reigns over all. Intellectual people mostly agree that fate does not exist and that people have control on how they rule their lives. Fate is just a man made product that doesn’t work in the end. Of course, there are the few who believe that there is fate and that God does step in sometimes. There is one man known as Michio Kaku who is a firm believer that there is no fate that rules over us, but rather dark matter inside. Of course, all the evidence presented is simply theory and nothing more, there is no telling whether or not fate actually exists.
But a theory suggests that people’s minds cannot be predicted or predetermined. The thoughts that come to mind are all random just like the events that occur in everyday life. Fate is a dream that people created for themselves in order to blame their action on something they cannot control. Lack of willpower does not indicate that fate has a control over people.
It simply shows that people don’t have the motivation to take control over their lives. If only people would seize control over their actions they would see that fate does not exist. (Kaku). The debate on fate and free will is everlasting with no real solution. It is a deeply rooted war that has raged on for centuries now and is bound to continue throughout the year to come. There is no resolution to the conflict at hand no matter how hard people push.
It is up to the beliefs of people to stop the debate, but as many know the beliefs of people are often varied, with groups who come together to defend and argue against other group’s beliefs. It is up to people to come together and see that fate is nonexist as well as destiny and many other things that coincide with the concept of fate. There is no higher power that controls people and the road for the future is not predetermined.
It is possible for people predict the outcome of events, but it is also possible for people to decide how outcomes play out. People control the lives they lead and this is called free will. Those who believe they have no control over their life simply lack the willpower to drive their life.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fat.” (C.G. Jung). If others gain the ability to bend their willpower to where they want to be then it is possible to control the future ahead. In saying this, however, fate does not play any part in the future that people decide for themselves. In conclusion, there is no saying whether fate exist it would be safe to say that with the evidence provided that even if it did people would have control over it. Being able to control the events that occur in people’s lives is free will and every person has the ability to control their future.
The debate has lasted for a long time, ever since the beginning of the twentieth century and perhaps even before then. This debate has no set resolution and there probably never will be a solution to it. Every person is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. What one person believes could be completely incorrect to another person. This is a problem that will continue to divide people into group. These groups will constantly argue on what’s wrong and what’s right in their own beliefs, but there’s no actual evidence in fate being real or fake.
Everything is build upon theories that people have constructed over the years. However, some good theories point to the idea that fate does not exist and if it does not exist then people cannot control it.