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In your own words how do you explain fate and also do you believe in fate?

does fate exist?

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    Oct 2 2011: Is there some giant, universal plan for me?

    Maybe. But I don't know what the plan is, and nobody can find out. So it doesn't matter.

    (Yes, some people PRETEND they can find out. Some even believe they can find out. And for some reason they want my money. But I'm okay with not knowing what they think they know.)
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    Oct 8 2011: Fate is being Tom Hanks trapped in Groudhog Day.

    The idea of Fate is nice, because it would be nice to have something to subdue the aching doubt that plagues us on a day to day basis. Humans are more apt to believe that they are part of a much larger and grander scheme. Even when we meet our significant others, we attribute it to Fate, because to have something as important as the kismet that brought us together taken into question we couldn't bear it to be reduced to something totally and completely arbitrary as coincidence.

    Randomness is scary, so we must cling to Fate as we do religion, because otherwise we're left with reality.

    People want to believe in an "invisible hand" that is guiding their lives like the ones in Idle Hands. I personally like free will too much to consider the alternative.
  • Oct 4 2011: I asked a similar question here,
    http://www.ted.com/conversations/6105/are_we_bound_by_destiny_or_c.html
    It shares my idea as to whether or not there is fate, destiny etc,..
  • Oct 3 2011: Fate? I think that we are like ants in a shoebox. The shoebox is on a train. We can do whatever we want to in our shoebox, but the we can't stop the train.

    Maybe one day we'll get out of the shoebox? Who knows?
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    Oct 2 2011: I can't explain fate in my own words because Matthieu just did :) For the second part: I believe that the only certainty is the existence of our uncertainty.
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      Oct 2 2011: I would rather say: the only certainty is the existence of OUR uncertainty. For the rest, our universe runs its course according to laws. These laws govern all forms of matter, including us whether we like it or not. Our brains hold no special exemption, even though we quite fancy the idea.
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        Oct 2 2011: Yes. Yes. The truth. I love it !!

        btw - I wish I could say " I quite fancy the idea " .. such eloquent use of language, alas, not common to this land.
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        Oct 2 2011: Perhaps the phrase " I quite fancy" something....is used in many countries, I am not sure where it is used, but what I like about it is how it allows one to express a strong liking for something without using the word love. Here people say "I like it" ....which to me is pretty flat....or they say "i love it" which is sometimes excessive, and could come across as disingenuous.
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    Oct 2 2011: Fate is the idea that someone's life is set to follow a certain path to achieve a number of things in his life. There's no such thing.
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    Oct 2 2011: Not even a capital D for your big question?

    I looked it up and it was way confusing. So, as you asked, "in my own words": Fate . . . that which some other-worldly someone or something knew was going to be.

    You ask if I believe in fate? I would have to believe in something or someone other-worldly now wouldn't I?