The first thing I must do in post such as this is state my beliefs. Otherwise I will be called any number of things.
I have called myself a Buddhist for ten years, I don’t always follow some parts of the beliefs–drinking alcohol, meditating regularly–I have determined this is because of the way I was raised, we didn’t go to church much.
I drink alcohol on occasion and went sober for eight months recently. The meditating regularly is because of my work hours, for both my writing and day job. It simply doesn’t allow it as often as I would like. It’s hard meditating with only three hours sleep.
Free will – Being responsible for one’s actions is the way I look at this. Much the way Buddhism teaches you are responsible for your life and not a deity. Thus you strive to improve each life on your return until you attain enlightenment to the benefit of all sentient beings.
Causality – Those who have seen the Matrix Reloaded know this term well as it was the Merovingian’s belief. For everything we do their is a consequence. I am typing this blog and you are reading it. You read this blog because you thought the topic would be interesting. Everything you do after you read this post is follows because you stopped your day to read it and thus everything that follows is a consequence of reading this post.
Fate – I believe every human has thought about this at one time or another. Whether we are set on a pre-destined path. That everything happens for a reason, leading us to an ending that has been predetermined.
Each of the paths before you correspond to something you believed at one time or another.
Each of the above, free will, Causality and fate have their places in many societies.
Causality leads us to believe that what I do now impacts what I will be doing in twenty minutes or in twenty days.
Free will makes us think that we have a say in our lives, it is comforting feeling, much as it was for Neo in Reloaded when he talked to the Oracle. He has to believe that he is in control of his life. Humans like to be in control that is why were are the dominant species on this planet.
Fate, like Free Will is something that we hope is not real. Like the movie “The Adjustment Bureau”, the belief that someone or something is controlling us, a puppet master pulling the strings can make us not care. For if I was selected to be president by Fate, who I am to challenge Fate and say no.
At the end of our lives, when we are old or young and we are staring at death with our eyes open to what is next will it really matter who chose our lives or does it matter more how we lived them.