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Gravity and Fate

Updated on October 16, 2013


Personally I don’t like the idea of fate. When we talk of fate it makes it sound as if everything is predestined, predetermined, laid out like a train on its tracks, taking us on a journey from here to there without us having a say in the matter.

That’s the meaning of the word “destiny”. It means destination: the place where we are going.

But, thinking of it in a different way, maybe fate is more like gravity than predestination. Maybe it’s this huge cosmic force which has a hold of us and which we can’t escape, but it doesn’t tell us what to do. It is large scale not small scale. It is about all of us, not just any one of us.

So gravity holds us here, on a planet circling a sun, but it doesn’t say where we have to go on that planet. It makes it very difficult for us to fly, but it doesn’t say we can’t hop up and down, or invent aeroplanes, or base jump from high buildings.

In fact the challenge of fate, like the challenge of gravity, is not how to overcome it, it’s how to use it.

This is a very good analogy.

Every so often we meet people we feel instantly drawn to: a complete stranger who we can open up to, who we can genuinely talk to. It feels like we already know this person. It’s like fate, like this person has some part to play in our lives. We feel a pull towards them.

Like gravity.

Two ships in still waters with their engines shut down will slide towards each other as if on either side of a dip in the ocean. This is gravity. The Earth and the Moon embrace each other with the invisible arms of gravity. It is a form of attraction.

It is gravity which holds us to the light-giving solar source at the heart of our planetary system. Perhaps it is fate which holds us to the life-giving spiritual source at the heart of our emotional system.

It’s not that this person is predestined to meet you, but that on some fundamental level you already know them. You know they have something to say, something to offer you.

Gravity makes it hard for us to walk in high places. The steeper the slope the harder it gets. But it is also the force we use to control water, forcing it into downward pipes and channels to guide it across the surface of the Earth and into our kitchens and bathrooms.

Sometimes fate seems to intervene in our lives in a rush of events that can wash away our ability to control things. Sometimes love can feel like this. That’s why we call it “falling in love”. Then the only choice is to “go with it”, to allow fate, or gravity, to take its course, to lead you where it will.

Gravity makes it dangerous for us to climb. It is always threatening to drag us from the crevices where we have a hold and to cast us careering to the earth below. But for some people rock climbing is a pleasure. They enjoy the challenge and the risk. You can’t overcome gravity, but you can test yourself against it.

So too with fate. An accumulation of circumstances can push us to the limits of our resources at times. That’s when it feels like a test. But this is precisely the moment when you are made stronger, when your grip on your own purpose – your free will and destiny – is strengthened by the challenge.

It is gravity which keeps our feet on the ground.

It is fate which reveals our true purpose.

So the next time you experience that pull in someone’s presence and you feel compelled to spend time with them, remember: it is gravity. You can’t escape it.


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    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      This is delightful. Your writing has a kind of aura reminiscent of many beloved journalists and commentators, though those who come to mind are Americans whom you may not know, but perhaps typified by Mark Twain. You house big truths in the aura so charmingly. Both fun and thoughtful.

      About this truth - destiny's & gravity's possible partnership - very good analogy. I tend to think that the 'predestination', if there is any such, includes the choices we'll make. And it's possibly because of a continuum in which time doesn't exist, so the vision of it would, of course, view what happens on up ahead, if anyone had such a vision of it which no Earthlings do, at least not clearly, consistently & always accurately. Perhaps some do have an ability to see both directions with only moderate fuzziness. But part of the fun of living it - is - living it as it happens! A few things are fairly predictable, such as reaping what is sown and getting results one expects strongly.

      Anyway - I really enjoyed this reading and I see more of your hubs to enjoy! I've been off on a trip to the ranch and have gotten behind with my hubbing. So now, many treats await me!

    • holdon100 profile image


      8 years ago

      very nice hub I enjoy reading stuff about gravity and fate

    • ocbill profile image


      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      interesting way of looking at gravity (or attractions) when it comes to people moving towards one another in speech.

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      8 years ago

      Optimistic enough. I look forward to more.

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      I took a random sampling of my friends..scientists..and asked them what holds the planets where they

      Everyone of course answered gravity, except two, who answered "love"

      When people meet,it is never random. Not even one's gardener whom they found in the yellow pages of advertisements. is what we were programmed to have if we simply followed everything according to what was planned. Consider it a script in a movie.

      The real fine actors are able to ad lib. They can change the script.

      The ones who dare to change a preprogrammed script carve their destinies.

      "You are what your deep driving desire is. As your deep driving desire, so is your will, as your will, so is your deed, as your deed, so is your destiny." The Upanishads.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      This may not be exactly on subject, but whenever I feel drawn to a stranger (gravity) there is almost always a gift of experience that can be shared in one direction or the other; sometimes, both.


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