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On Freewill and Predestination

What’s destiny? Do humans have a choice in life?

These two questions were some of philosophical questions I encountered as a freshman in the university.

My professor succeeded in making us the final arbiter on the matter.

One would likely assume it is such a simple concept until one meets different schools of thought challenging one’s stand.

For me, I use a simple analogy to prove/disprove the concept of freewill and predestination.

Let’s call it: Knife stabbing theory.

I belief, at this moment, all things being equal I should live the next minute. My freewill comes in to play the moment I pick up a knife to kill myself. The extension of that scenario is that the predestination theory believes it must have being written for me to die that way that’s why I can choose to die. Suppose I entertained the thought but didn’t execute it; is there a way the writer of destiny would achieve my dying that day regardless of me killing myself? In that case do we call the death the destiny or the method of dying? Can I be destined to kill myself and there still be a backup plan to die by other means in case I don’t?

The renaissance man enthroned man and his ability to think and concluded we have freewill. But how free is man, if his decisions are premised upon enzymes’ reactions and environmental coloration?

Can predestination stand in the face of the outliers who have triumphed above social caste and reached beyond ecological boundaries?

Some call it freewill; some call theirs predestination, others agree with changeable destiny. What do you call yours?