This question requires you to integrate a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. Refer to the sources to support your position avoid mere paraphrase or summary. Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument.
“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it”
Jean de La Fontaine
Destiny is defined as the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. Fatalists argue that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable. Is destiny is inevitable?
Read the following sources (including any introductory information) carefully. Then, in an essay that synthesizes at least 2 sources, take a position that defends or challenges the claim that destiny is inevitable.
Refer to the sources below:
Your Destiny: An Unfolding Spiritual Chronicle
Written by Cari Murphy
Do Destiny and Free Will Co-Exist? I am often asked whether I believe that everything in our lives is predestined or whether I believe in free will. So, I thought this was good timing to delve into this fascinating topic! My answer is that I believe the two co- exist. I believe that there are moments, circumstances, events, and individuals that are meant to enter our lives. I also believe that the gift of free will (and how we use it) determines if, when, how quickly, or how often we open or close the doors to experience them.
I feel that every choice we make symbolizes the closing of one door and the opening of another. We may not be able to visibly see those doors opening and closing, but it’s happening. I believe that our souls are eternal and they intended to fulfill a particular destiny and purpose in this lifetime, but the way in which it plays out is entirely up to us. All of our experiences are divinely designed to move us in the direction of our unique and ever-unfolding spiritual chronicle. We either choose to pay attention to all th e signs and symbols along the way that are meant to steer us in the direction that is best for our soul’s mission — or we don’t. While we cannot control the lives of others or choose FOR them, we CAN choose our responses, our attitudes, and our own actions. We always have the gift of personal freedom and free will. This gift enables us make wise choices that stem from listening to that ever-present, silent, yet oh-sopowerful voice within us.
Destiny can be likened to a straight line while free will is like a fluctuating wave above and below that line. We are never forced to live our destiny, but we are tethered to it, similar to being hooked to a fishing line. We can swim left or right, ahead or behind, but ultimately we get reeled in. The way I see it is that our destiny can be seen as a process or a progression of growth and development.
It’s not a destination. It’s an unfolding spiritual chronicle that shapes us as we move along our path. The journey is meant to be lived with awareness.
In my own life, I have realized that the more spiritually “awake” I become, the more clearly I am able to see doors opening and closing on my journey. This happens consistently now on a daily basis. I can also see how that occurrence is directly influenced by my emotions and my decisions. It’s makes life much more interesting when I embrace the steering wheel of my personal destiny and consciously direct it to go in the direction of my highest vision for myself. Becoming clear about that highest vision for myself is also part of the journey and part of the beauty involved in this whole spiritual quest. I have chosen to spend many years of my life fine tuning my deepest soul desires and healing myself from the inside-out to be in this incredible position of complete personal power that
I’m at now. Yet, that shift can be made for anyone in an instant. It involves making