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Fate and Free will

Updated on March 7, 2014

Much has been talked and said about the role of fate and its comparison with free will in our lives. The debate that usually goes around is that if everything is pre determined and pre destined then what role a free will has to play. Does a free will have any significance when everything has been decided before for us? But before talking about both free will and fate we need to understand individually what the two terms are exactly about.

The role of fate and free will is a much talked about subject. Some people trust in destiny while some think free will is something that can change the fate.
The role of fate and free will is a much talked about subject. Some people trust in destiny while some think free will is something that can change the fate. | Source


Fate basically is a faith that your destiny is planned before and everything that you come across has some reason behind it. There is some occurrence of events by a supernatural force which are unavoidable and inevitable to escape from. Whatever good or bad that has been decided for you, you have to face it.


Free will is basically a choice that has been given to individuals to select their own ways on how to deal with their lives and what paths to choose to reach their certain objectives. Basically the conscious choice that we make without any constraints is termed as free will.


Through our free will at times, the factors that we choose for making our decisions are unknown and uncontrollable. They sometimes have indirect and most of the times result in unpredictable consequences. People term such occurrence as fate and think that whatever has happened is the result of some unknown force and controlling that force is not possible.

It is often said you cannot choose your tests in life but you can choose how to deal with them and whatever happens in your life is the result of your own deeds. There are many who are of the belief that we are just like instruments in a grand design and free will is not something that exists. A predetermined force is at work and we are just tools relying on how we are moved.


However the truth is that both free will and fate co exist with each other. Both are equally there. Fate is in the shape of different paths that have been given to us and their ultimate end is decided before. While the choice of selecting our path is in totally our control. That is the free will .Its up to us which way should we adopt and which path we run on to. Where we lead with our choice is fate. We can’t totally deny the existence of both fate and the free will.

Consequently you can make most of your fate through free will. It is impossible for a man to change the course of events but which events to choose are in his total control. To escape the core of destiny is impossible. There are challenges in the form of free will while there are rewards for the challenges you face in the form of your fate. Good or bad , it both can be


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    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Hi ramya...thank you for leaving your comment and appreciation !!!

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      9 years ago

      this is a awesome and energising hub

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Thank you molometer for coming by...really it is a topic which can baffle anyone !!

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting hub on the toughest of topics.

      Fate or Free will? who knows?

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Hi Brett...Thank you very much for liking the article.It is right that sometimes things really don't seem to go our way and that is something which is beyond our control to handle despite our best of efforts.Perhaps that is something we term as fate....

      I appreciate you for sharing the article.Thank you so much for the nice gesture :)

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Very interesting article. While I believe in free will and creating your own luck, sometimes things come together in such strange ways that it can only be described as fate.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Tirelesstraveler...I agree but despite the small ability to understand, humans always try and strive to solve the pieces of a puzzle to the best of their knowledge.Thank you for your support and comment.I appreciate :)

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      Judy Specht 

      9 years ago from California

      Humans have such a small ability to understand. I like your perspective .

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Duncan i agree the subject of fate and free will,their inter relation and the philosophical,logical approach towards the whole issue is very vast as well deep rooted.I guess it won't be wrong to say that at times it is baffling too.Its all about your belief,your attitude towards it and how you understand the concept.

      Both fate and free will exist for sure ,the religious implications are there as well,but then again its all about your perception.

      Wish you best too!!!

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      9 years ago

      There is a third option, that human response is conditioned. I don't believe in fate, it implies something predetermined and free will has some religious implications to it, like a god gave us free will. But human behaviour can be predicted pretty accurately in a lot of instances which means, there is only a predetermined set of choice one can make in a certain condition.

      But this is such a philosophical topic that a mind deeply rooted in logic will fail to grasp in its entirety not because of the lack of intelectual prowess but because of the vast array of arguments pro and against it.

      All the best

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Hi Riviera Rose...Thank you very much for the encouragement and your votes :)

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      Riviera Rose 

      9 years ago from South of France

      What an intesting, thoughtful hub. Voted up and awesome!

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      I really appreciate your always feedback on my Hubs thelyricwriter.Thanks a heap for your kind words, encouragement and votes.Definitely fate and free will are always there.Its like driving a car,you know where you are heading but you don't know whether you can reach to your destination safe and all in all its a complex debate but we try to define and contemplate on it in our own way and according to our thinking.... :) thanks again for your time !!!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, awesome, and interesting votes Learner. This is a very interesting subject Learner, one that I have thought about from time to time. Even death goes into this debate. Example, when it is your time to go, it is your time. I always have wondered if we are on chosen paths and the exits are already known or we are on the path and we choose the exits. It would be hard to deny both free will and fate. I don't see how anyone really could. I like to believe that we are in total control of our lives, but events can deter our paths. None the less, a great debate topic Learner and interesting debate. Well done:)

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      LisaKoski... Thanks a lot for your appreciation.Both Fate and free will are real important factors of our existence,baffling at times though but interesting as well.

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      9 years ago

      Jaywigz311 ...Sometimes things don't go our way and probably that is where the fate rules.Thank you for your comment here!!!

    • LisaKoski profile image


      9 years ago from WA

      Very interesting hub. Fate and free will aren't topics I normally think about but this is a great hub.

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      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Interesting duality this fate and free will thing ... As I grow older it seems that free will becomes more and more of an illusion. That's just my 2 cents though.


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