Are all of our actions destined to be?
Can destiny and free will exist simultaneously? If so, how?
Can you control your destiny?
Is there a ‘God’ who knows what our destiny is, or what are actions will be? And if there is, do we have any control?
“If all your actions you will take have already been taken, by you, then certainly an outside ‘God’ will be able to see all of your actions you will take at any moment in time, past or present.”
If you decide to eat an apple for breakfast or drink a cup of coffee, it is, in fact, your decision to do so, is it not?
And if it’s your decision, can’t you control your own destiny?
Free Will vs. Destiny
Inherent in the idea of free will lies the thought that human beings have control over all the decisions they make.
That is, everything that we do every day is based on a decision that we CONSCIOUSLY make.
However, some say that regardless of whatever decision you make, a predetermined result will occur sometime in the future.
A significant amount of people, in fact, believe that ‘God’ can see or knows what our actions will be today and in the future.
Our Future Actions Already Known?
If this is the case, perhaps our destiny can NOT be controlled.
But this raises some important questions:
- How can ‘God’ know our future actions if we haven’t made them yet?
- Doesn’t that mean that free will is an illusion and all our actions are predetermined?
However, those arguing both sides of this problem fail to ask a simple question.
Why can’t destiny and free will exist together?
Where are the rules that outline the law that only one is available, without the other?
Fortunately, philosophers have proposed some solutions.
The Time Picture
Think of time as an never ending horizontal line in both directions.
For every moment in time, you are at a single point on the line.
The future is to the right (positive X axis), while the past is to the left (negative x axis).
Now let’s say that there is a ‘God’ that lies somewhere OUTSIDE of that line, in such a way that every point of that line is visible to this ‘God’.
For the free will camp, this line makes perfect sense, since the contents of the following moment on the line may simply be the result of your own decisions that are consciously made.
But this doesn’t answer the question;
How can free will exist at the same time as ‘God’ knowing all of our future actions?
One answer lies in the understanding of TIME itself.
Time As An Arrow or Circle
While some understand time as an ‘arrow’ (that it has direction – can go forward or backward) others see time as a CIRCLE (time repeating itself over and over again).
Is there any evidence for time as a circle?
Astronomers have discovered that the Universe continues in any direction for an infinite amount of space, and Einstein taught as that time and space are one in the same.
Scientists say that they’ve mathematically come to the conclusion that there is no end in any direction we look from Earth.
Think of a magic gun that shoots bullets that never lose their energy and think of that gun shooting straight up into the sky. This bullet, according to scientists, will continue to go on in that direction… forever.
Does this prove that time is a circle? Certainly not, but it does make the concept plausible.
What about religion? Does religion say anything about time?
For the religious, God is an omnipotent, omnibenevolent creature who has and will exist forever.
How can something exist without a beginning? This again, does not prove the existence of circular time, but only adds to its plausibility.
Circular Time & Your Future Actions
So, certainly, time can exist in a circular way.
If this is the case, any actions that you make today, tomorrow, or in 50 years, may be an action that has already been taken before.
This is a radical idea.
If all your actions you will take have already been taken, by you, then certainly an outside ‘God’ will be able to see all of your actions you will take at any moment in time, past or present.
Bigger Idea / Science
This also makes the ideas of free will and destiny more interesting.
If you make a conscious decision that you’ve already made in some past cycle, was the original action based on free will or destiny?
Furthermore, scientists have discovered the possibility of parallel universes. That is, every single time you have a decision to make which can go one way or another, the Universe may split into a world where one action is taken and another where the other occurs.
As a result, scientists say we could have billions of Universes in parallel in which every action that can occur, will.
If this is true, the concepts of free will and destiny don’t make any sense. If everything that will happen does happen, how can we say that all actions are based on our own will? If destiny is a predetermined result, how can destiny exist if all results will occur?
Either way, destiny and free will are only words. Can we really believe in things that we don’t understand?
At the very least, it seems at least a possibility that destiny and free will can exist together.
What do you think? Do you believe in destiny? Do we have free will?