Destiny. Fate. Luck.
“I make my own destiny.”
“Whatever you do- you can’t run from it. It’s all pre-decided.”
Heard this before? Been confused? I for one have been thoroughly rattled by this madness. Sometimes I think, What rubbish! If it all really is decided beforehand, I should just sit and watch TV because what’s supposed to happen will happen right?
And sometimes, won over by perplexing things like Deja-vu and dreams, I say, Oh gosh! It is happening. I’m a part of something very big going around here. There is a pattern… There is a ‘why’ behind everything. Surely, some things are just supposed to happen.
I usually connect EVERYTHING that hasn’t been explained in this confusing topic. And thence begins the eternal battle.
“KIDDISH! There was a time when I believed in Santa! It only takes knowledge to dispel such things.”
“Knowledge hasn’t explained hiccups, has it!”
“Are hiccups really my defence for these absurdities? Destiny? The course of our lives written already?”
“What about The Leaning Tower of Pisa then?”
“What about it?! It’s some very explained thing with the ground!”
“Why doesn’t it fall?!”
“It’s not that steep yet! No God is holding it up, geez!”
Or if the feeling of mystical fantasy is outdoing mundane logic, the argument goes-
“Whoa! Things are so beautiful!”
“I wouldn’t stop such optimistic thinking, dear mind, were you not associating it with a divine being, and mystical activities! So STOP FANTASIZING!”
“How can you be so blind! Can thou not see the web we are a part of? Today itself thou had a vision, didn’t ye? Didn’t ye see, in thy dreams, how you had lost your science book. Can’t find it now, can ye? And this moment- hadn’t ye felt it coming? Hadn’t ye seen it before, happen exactly so?”
“Dreams are just ramification of the human mind. They are no sorcery! Psychologists have proved how we tend to see dreams of things affecting us at the moment, and the exams are coming up.”
“Is that so? Then do you not dream about Leonardo di Caprio? I wonder how your mind dreamt THAT, since you have never met nor spoke to the man!”
“THAT is irrelevant to this discussion!”
“Is it now? And what about greater things like shooting stars and tooth fairies? Don’t you indulge in such ideas?”
“Man has always wanted to let his imagination run wild. That’s how mermaids and sea serpents came up. However it is no harm to indulge in a little fantasy!”
“A little fantasy! Explain ghosts then- the cold they leave behind in ships drowned by mutiny, the curses they leave behind in old houses they were murdered in!”
“It’s just the brain playing tricks on us! We want to believe there is something beyond us going on.”
“And isn’t there? What about people who have risen from the dead?”
“Taken into shock, ability to hold breath for long, fits and other explained answers.”
“Draculas? Vampires? Edward Cullen?”
“Myth, myth, and jaundice.”
“Oh you are just evading the depth of these things! Fine. Tackle the heavy stuff now-
Explain a completely healthy person standing before you in a line for the most important interview of your life, suddenly having a wheezing fit making him leave the line and you getting the job.”
“Not keeping well lately, that man.”
“Jack Sparrow avoiding all the bullets as he dances his way out a bar in Pirates of the Caribbean- Dead Man’s Chest.”
“OHHH it’s useless! Don’t you see- Chance? LUCK? You yourself have had a HISTORY with it. Luck, luck, luck, all the time. The new teacher had to get ONE section, and he got yours. The P.E. teacher was giving everyone punishment and YOU got away. The bollot was to choose ONE person to give admission, and IT WAS YOU!”
“Luck’s okay…. A string of incidents happen prior to every case of good or bad luck that can completely justify it, we just don’t know what.”
“Yes… things happen for a certain thing. You say yourself- DESTINY!”
“Oh come on! If it’s already written that I’ll be a Professor at Harvard, just tell me and save me all the rat race! Scholarships, years at college, PhD! For what? For something already supposed to be mine?”
And the Bomb.
“Great. Explain Bermuda Triangle then.”