& there could be a number of examples...Though, there is a difference between the two above mentioned instances, both have been associated to a term called 'luck'. So, is 'every' event in human's life is governed by 'destiny'? Why the terms like luck, fortune, fate, kismet, destiny etc. overshadow our achievements & activities? Why 'destiny', which is the most super-natural thing, appears to be so natural? Do we have any free will or not? I don't have a concrete answer to these queries. Do you have one?
In a bid to understand 'destiny' in a greater detail, I first saw the definition of it; which says: "An event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future". The role of 'destiny' in human beings has always been a matter of everlasting debate since evolution of the society. Astrology, particularly in the east, is considered as a science. Though, destiny as a concept lost some weight with the advancements in modern science & I have seen many people considering 'destiny' a mere superstion. They believe that there is nothing called destiny or fate & all our successes and failures are actually result of our own activities. Consider the following conversation:
Morpheus: "Do you believe in fate, Neo?"
Morpheus: "Why not?"
Neo: "Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life"
Morpheus: "I know exactly what you mean."
The above conversation explains about most of the people's perspective about fate or destiny. They simply don't want to believe in it. This line of thought exists mostly in those people who are considered as 'successful' in the society & those who have hardly faced any 'failure' in their lives.
However, this school of thought leaves several questions of life unanswered. For instance: why some people are born to rich parents and another to poors? Why some are healthy and some are handicapped by birth? Answers to these queries are obviously inconclusive.
So, what's the indication of the research results? Does it suggest that an unseen/supernatural power exists, who thinks of us & decides our course of action? If yes, then it may encourage inactiveness & pessimism in most of the people. Don't we have even some limited free will/ choice?
Existance of this limited free will gives rise to another school of thought: "neighter is everything predestined, nor do we have the free will in everything". It says that we are free to take the first decision; but as soon as we take it, our next step becomes inevitable and predictable. We are bound by the laws of life which govern the outcome of an act. For example: if we decide to plant apple tree in our garden; once we do it, no matter what we do, we can not get any other fruit from the tree. So, after the first action (i.e. decision to plant apple tree) our choice becomes limited & our freedom is curtailed. Also, we have to keep our finger crossed that even after planting apple tree, we will be able to eat apple from the tree or not!
So, out of the three school of thoughts (1. There is nothing called destiny and it's a mere superstition; 2. Everything is controlled by some super-natural power and we are just like puppets; & 3. nothing is predestined & we choose our own courses of action, however, the outcome is not in our's control), which one you believe in? Have you ever felt that something was destined to happen? Or think that you are in full control of what you are doing?? Is the word 'destiny' just a psychological defense system to cover our failures in life?