Good old Plato opens the debate with an enigmatic affirmation:


All things are in fate, yet all things

are not decreed by fate.


How so?

Epicurus immediately objects:


A strict belief in fate is the worst slavery, imposing upon our necks an everlasting

lord and tyrant whom we are to stand in awe of night and day.


G. Eliot says that:


We are led on, like little children, by a way we know not.

Until we reach a certain level of the Path, that is.


Disraeli calmly, almost indifferently adds:


A man’s fate is his own temper.


Ambrose Bierce is as sarcastic as usual:


Fate is but a tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.


An unknown butts in with:


Fortune favors fools.

Well, sometimes.



Camus contributes a positive note:

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

Not always…but scorn of an unfavorable fate helps.


R Bentley present an aspect not yet mentioned:


Fortune is but a synonymous word for nature and necessity.


Emerson clearly knew about karma and reincarnation, for he says that:


Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

Dale Carnegie offers a good advice:


When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.

When fate hands you a lemon, what do you do with it?


Nietzsche points out that:


Our destiny influences us even when we do not yet know it


Vijay tells Nietzsche that:


But all this applies only to your surface “I”,

not to your true Self.


Nietzsche would argue all day if we let him and adds:


Whoever quarrels with his fate does not understand it.

Do you understand it?

Do you quarrel with your fate?

It never works.

Emerson says that:


Fate is unpenetrated causes, and whatever limits us we call Fate.

What limits you?

Don’t be deceived.


Winston Churchill of all people says something which is very often true:


It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead because the chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

Actually there is way to grasp it as a whole.

Which one?

Emerson knows how and advises:


Let’s hitch our wagon to a star.

How will you do that?

Hermes Trismegistus said basically the same thing:


Every man’s destiny leads him onward into

the curves of Infinity’s All.


What and where are the curves of Infinity’s All?

Alexis Carrel’s wins and closes the debate with:


To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against

road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance

assigned to each of us.


Which is the distance assigned to you before nightfall?




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