February 6th, 2011

Caprica

Fate


Proving an argument for fate is a tricky endeavor insofar as dotting the lines once events have already taken place is purposefully minded [and therefore effortless] as compared to predicting future events based on an outlook of predestination. If you know what you're looking for, it's easier to find it when it has already occurred - pattern recognition cannot take place without first a pattern to draw from.

Well, that and free will.

Motherfucking Puritans and their "His will be done" bullshit.

Or is it?

Why the Protestants relied so heavily upon Greek mythology is only a mystery to those who do not understand that the entirety of Christianity is based upon Pagan belief and also worth mentioning that as a religion Christianity is equally as fragmented into two camps, those who ascribe to predestination and those who believe in free will... Just to further muddy the water. We're not just talking about hokey religions and ancient weapons here - we're also talking about YOUR religion - just to be clear.

Or not.

The point is, I've been struggling with the concepts behind fate here lately. The idea that everything I've ever done - every decision I've ever made (and I have spent a lifetime actively [as opposed to passively] deciding choices in the course of my life) has led me to the point I find myself now. These thoughts however, are not only my own, which I find further complicates my normally lucid process. My clone has wondered the same thing. And given our mutual empirical emphasis on the misleading ease of pattern recognition, we're awfully curious as to what role fate, if any, plays.

For example - what are the odds that a lifetime of free will, AKA "playing the odds" will net you everlasting bliss? Just ask those who gamble, or buy lottery tickets how the equivalent of free will is working out for them? Does life bless them in their favor often? Is there hidden purpose in random choice? Did Theseus choose to be among the youths to be sacrificed to the Minotaur or was it fate? When Theseus was made aware of his lineage, he was given two choices, one easy, one difficult. It is written that he chose the more difficult path due to his youth, ambition and courage - and that that made all the difference. I have another word for it, which is why those of you who always chose the path of least resistance fail so miserably at happiness: Character.

If we can all agree that character defines us, why are so many of you willing to sacrifice yours for the short term reward when in its path lies known misery? You know you're not going to be happy, but you do it anyway because its easy. Its like my clone said, "No one I've ever known has said, `Once I made a bad choice, but all the other choices I made were good.`" She went on to describe a pattern most people are familiar with - failure after failure after failure. Failure compounded by failure.

Wherein then lies the answer?

Not cheating yourself. At every turn. Whether difficult or not. I think true free will is following the path fate has laid before you by always staying true to who you are at your core. In my experience, this is a guaranteed recipe for success. Of course as an empiricist I have often made decisions purely on the desire to see the outcome <-- because this is who I am! I volunteered for Saudi Arabia simply because everyone else hated it. You know what? I loved it. Because no matter where you are, or what you're doing, if you have the right attitude, it will take you anywhere you want to go.

Fate and free will aren't opposites. Rather, they're complimentary, but only if you know what you are doing.

The Greeks had it wrong. As do the Christians. All of them.