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FATALISM

I believe that events are fixed in advance so that humans are powerless to change them. I think it’s naïve to think that—in the big scheme of things — we control our own destinies. Whether you call it “God’s plan” or “the will of God” or call it determinism and involve factors beyond human controlI’m resigned to believing that my life’s course is fixed as part of the larger scheme. Note: deterministic predictability depends on natural / physical laws, genetic and epigenetic endowment, the (predictable) response to environmental stimuli, etc.)

FREE WILL

I believe that humans have the power to freely choose between alternatives, exercise rational control over their actions, and generally shape their destinies.  I believe those who preach “whatever will be, will be” and claim “the future’s not ours to see” are fools.  I see resigned helplessness, and waiting for God to solve problems people could solve themselves, as dangerous.   (Note: Appreciation of quantum mechanics and chaos theory has led many scientists away from the notion that complex events always unfold in rigidly determined, predictable ways.)

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