Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Fate and Free-will

          I don't believe in fate. I think that what happens to us is a result of the decisions we make. What we can't control is a result of the decisions of others. I think that this quote is interesting and presents some very good points: “There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I'm going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” - Elizabeth Gilbert. What you think dictates how you spend your time and, in turn, what happens to you, and what happens to the people who you interact with on a daily basis. This is why people always think that decisions are scary because they are final, and can change everything.


  1. Alexandra, thanks for sharing a great quotation. I like how Gilbert gives individuals such power to dictate the directions of their lives. I also think that you make a good point when you say that what happens to us is the result of our decisions, but what we can't control isn't fate, but rather, the decisions of others. There is something to be said for the power of thought.

  2. This was a great post. I hadn't thought about how the decisions of other people can sometimes affect our lives as much as the decisions we make ourselves. I loved your quotation and I think it really shows how we should be aware of how we conduct ourselves and try to make choices that reflect how we want our lives to turn out, instead of blaming everything on fate or destiny.