Thought of the Moment: Fate

Everything happens for a reason. We’ve all heard that phrase before and maybe we even tell it to ourselves. But Shakespeare also wrote in his play Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”. We often believe in fate when things aren’t going according to plan or things are ‘wrong’. And in most cases its completely true that things will always turn out alright in the end and we thank Fate for intervening. But there is also a danger with thinking that everything passes through Fate’s hands, depending on what type of person you are. The danger is that we become complacent. If everything is down to fate, what agency do we really have and what can we really change? I like to think that everything does happen for a reason and that maybe there are multiple fates. Believing in fate does not mean I’m going to stop acting, stop believing, stop fighting, stop trying. Fate is almost a blessing and an obstacle at the same time, which can be hard to navigate. I think ‘Fate’ is something that can change depending on how we deal with it when it arises, the good and the bad. If we are complacent, fate might not be forgiving; if we try, fate may be rewarding. Maybe fate is a concept that is more about testing rather than about affirming. Maybe we create our own fate and maybe Fate helps us along.

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