Today I want to talk about kind of dichotomy with religion that I’ve experienced a lot in my own thinking and reflecting on spirituality.
But first, an even more important topic.
Some people asked me in the last video about my shirt, and it says “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” So as a proofreader I am silently judging people’s grammar, and some say not so silently, so take that for what it’s worth.
But okay, so the actual important topic of this video is the dichotomy between fate and free will. I fought with this a lot in my life and the ultimate resolution has been I’m just not going to think about it.
On the one hand, I believe in fate and that what’s supposed to happen will happen. And I feel like this belief spans religions, as well as for non-religious people. You know for as far as the Christian standpoint that God has a plan and what’s supposed to happen will happen. His will be done.
And my philosophy is more of a universal spiritual one. There’s something bigger than me out there. But that conflicts with having a sense of freewill and control in my life.
So if everything’s predestined, what am I doing here? Why should I even try? Why should I put effort in? Why should I try to make my life better when everything’s predestined?
I don’t know if you’ve had that kind of dichotomy, that back and forth, but I certainly have, really probably starting in college.
I’ve had an amazing life so far and I can’t pretend that that’s just because of me. Like obviously you have your parents involved (don’t tell them that I think they’re part of the reason that I’m so well-adjusted… Shh. Hi Mom). But I can’t pretend that that’s just like I’m responsible for that. There’s something bigger out there that you know it’s maybe leading me down that path. And sure, I’ve made a few really important pivotal decisions in my life, but I don’t know that I can necessarily take credit for where I’ve been and where I am.
And yet on the other hand I feel like I deserve to take some credit. I fought really hard for this life that I’ve made and to get to a point in my life where I’m truly happy. I think that’s me or maybe it’s predestined.
So fair warning, this video does not have any sort of answer. I don’t have an answer. It’s just me talking about this thing that’s kind of always been there. So the only resolution I’ve come to, like I said, is just trying to live the best life I can. Being good to others, giving back, leaving the world a little bit better than I found it. And if that’s all predestined then it’s all predestined, but I feel like I need to maintain a little bit of sense of control in my life. Otherwise, what’s the point?
I would love to hear if this type of a dichotomy has come up for you or how it applies to your own life. Go ahead and find the comments section below and post it there, or, again, if you’re not cool with the public nature of that, just shoot me a message and we can have a conversation behind the scenes.
Something to ponder and get you thinking.
And I will be silently correcting your grammar.