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Journal #1 Semester 2
Andrew Kokanoutranon

Journal 3-6-06

Journal 3-6-06

What is the difference between free will and fate? Is humanity’s existence determined by fate or does humanity have free will?

Free will is the choices we make in life and fate is the choices we are forced to take as human beings. Free will is the things we do ourselves and only we can do it. There is no higher being in our way to make the choices we make. It is an un-predetermined life, meaning that life comes as it goes and not predestined. Everyday things we do are our choices to make, such as brushing your teeth in the morning or tying your shoe. Independence from a higher-being is one theory of life. In a life of fate, everything is predetermined and life has no freedom. No choices to make and no outcome from the choices we make. God has already made our fate and our whole life, in the everyday choices. It is hard to decide if humanity is determined by free will or fate, because it can go both ways. What we may think is free will choice making may actually be fate that has already been determined. We may be making our choices but we may end up in the same place even if we don’t make the same choices. I think life is run by free will, because causes and affects play a big role in determining life. Only the choices we make and the consequences that come out of the choices determine our life. The decisions we make in every situations lead up to how we are, but there is no way to determine if there is free will or fate. I believe in both free will and fate, because it is impossible to figure out until you die; you will either have an after life or just six feet below.

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