Monday, December 28, 2009

A Big Question

Fate or coincidence?

This seems to be the most basic yet eternal question human beings can ask.

Fate: the notion that everything in our universe is connected and pre-conceived, that everything that is happening right now is supposed to happen and was working all this time to happen.

Coincidence: the other side of the spectrum, that everything just happens with no rhyme or reason and no connection.

I don't know about you, but fate is just magical enough for me to love the idea of it. I've always been a big believer in fate and often think about how this situation led to this one and this one and so on. How we meet certain people who change our lives. And what if the place or the time or situations that led up to you meeting them never happened?

I guess the movie "500 Days of Summer" (great movie by the way!) has got me thinking about this concept. I particularly liked this line from it by Summer.
"I guess it's because I was sitting in a deli and reading Dorian Grey and a guy comes up to me and asks me about it. And now he is my husband. So what if I've gone to the movies? What if I had gone somewhere else for lunch? What if I'd gotten there ten minutes later? It was meant to be and I just kept thinking. Tom was right."

Fate may be an idea some people scoff at because of its spiritual or even religious connotations because you could say God planned everything out, but truly who wants to believe that everything in life is pure coincidence? Isn't fate much more fun to think about?


  1. Haha, that's weird, I was just watching 500 Days of Summer! I don't know, the whole fate vs. coincidence dilemma is pretty mind boggling! It's just so weird to think how one tiny decision could possibly end up changing the entire course of your life... crazy stuff!

  2. How'd you like the movie?
    Yeah this kind of stuff boggles my mind.

  3. ...Hola.. I personally love fate!! But in my little crazy weird mind we live in this universe and each event makes a new "parallel" life or universe or what ever.. (like back to the future stuff) That we start in one path but every event and choice divides that path in the amount of choices that could have happen. It goes on and on until one meets his/her end. Death.
    And the one path or life we see, hear and touch (the one we "live") is just one of the many possible paths. Therefore is Fate.

    Its like a tree. It starts like a seed (as one path at first) then it grows and gets a trunk and some roots, and some branches (each one a path) with each one having its own but same "ending"

    just my thought... ( though I think stuff like this all the time) cuz I'm crazy..


  4. Thanks for the comment Hector! Long time, no talk. :(

    I like the way you think...the idea that different paths = fate. I definitely agree. It is crazy to think about. I also like the tree analogy! Trust me, if you're crazy then so am I!

  5. I know long time, no talk. :( I like analogies. They make complicated things easier to understand.



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