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Living without predestination

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Different people have different beliefs about destiny. Some people believe that the universe moves along the stream of time under a plan, an intelligently crafted plan usually authored by a sentient agent, which gives the assurance that it all works out for the best. These people believe in destiny. Some people think that, regardless of the existence of a “sentient designer” or not, the laws of the universe pre-direct its course as it passes across time. One event inevitably and inexorably causes another from the big bang to the ultimate heat death. These people too, believe in a mechanical, physicsy sort of destiny.

Destiny, either by grand design or determinism of physical phenomena. Photo from Sandman: Endless Nights

Then there are the people who believe that there is an element of randomness in the universe, that each cause may give rise to multiple possible effects which are chosen at random within the constraints of each effect’s probability. To these people, the world decides what happens next by probability, chance, and nature’s changing course untrimm’d, and they don’t believe in destiny.

There are many variations in between these three, and maybe there are people who haven’t really thought about the destiny question yet, but these are basically the three major pieces of the pie.

Anyway, I’m rambling on about destiny because today (or sometime ago to you) somebody asked me about destiny, I forgot exactly what the question was. The answer that followed is the shorter gist of what I’m gonna talk about here. I was actually surprised with my own answer, as it just sort of coagulated right in front of my mind from bits of ideas I already had. So here it is.

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Written by rubiscodisco

November 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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