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I believe that events are fixed in advance so that humans are powerless to change them. I say 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.)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with:  #11B Free Will               

 to make Choice #11   in the Choices We Make cards 
this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:version 1.0  version 2.0 and version 3.0      is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" 

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Predestination  Fatalism the Will of God
Destiny determinism  Prediction
theological determinism  Causality nature vs. nurture

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#12B Non-Rational Knowing #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God    #28B Healthy Orientation #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom   
#31   Education for Democracy   #35B Working for Change #52   Physically Challenged ==>Independent Living   #101A Mind Open, Vision Global 
#203B Egalitarian Progressive   #204A Freedom From Limits    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #11A:  Fatalism  

The Implications of Fatalism, by Alex Scott
Determinism vs. Fatalism, by Bob Miller
Determinism is Not Fatalism, by Alan White (essay from Univ. of Wisconson Philosophy professor)
Fatalism and Hinduism
The Persistence of Poverty (connects poverty and fatalistic beliefs)
Fatalism vs. Self Determination in Mideast Tradition
Compatibilist--Fatalist, by Paul Russell (article by U. of British Columbia professor)
“Fatalistic resignation and the victim mentality” by Ursula Sandner (Nov 2017 post)
“Determinism” by Jeffrey A. Coyne (Essay 2017 contribution to
The Origin of Fatalistic Tendencies by Gabriele Ruiu  (academic paper in Economics & Sociology Journal May 2013)
 “From Determinism to Resignation and How to Stop It” by Richard Holton (13 page article on MIT site)
"Over 8% of American adults are millionaires. Here's how they got that way" (poll recognizes the importance of believing you control your destiny / CNBC February 2021 report) 
The End of Karma By Somini Sengupta, (review of  book about India’s youth “trading fatalism and karma for free will” in The Economist Mar 19 2016)

"Are Muslim Arabs Especially Fatalistic?" (article from Psychology Today March 2015)

"Why Fatalism Is Stopping Positive Changes In Your Life"  (posted Jan 15 2014 on Nick & Gen’s Healthy Life)

"Deity and Destiny: Patterns of Fatalistic Thinking in Christian and Hindu Cultures" by Maia Young etal (Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 42, no. 6 (2011): 1030-1053.)

Reformed Doctrine of Predestination That is Fatalism (Christian perspective)
The Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper (link to reviews of 2010 novel built around predestination theme)

"God and The Way That Is" by Eric H  (submitted to Project Worldview  December 5, 2010)

quotes related to fatalism

back to Theme Choices version 5.0 structure

"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.