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Fate Versus Free Will Essay

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A newborn baby lies housed in an artificial womb; tubes invade the small fragile body like over grown weeds. The parents weep openly as they watch their precious child lie motionless as it fights for every breath. The tiny machines beep loudly around them as they carefully survey the room counting all the other synthetic wombs that house small bodies. A nurse over hears the desperate parents sorrow as they search for answer to why their child has to suffer." Is it pre-determined fate" the father says, " that our child is destined to die?" The mother stares blankly at her husband; she can see his lips move but cannot comprehend what he is saying, her mind is focused on what she must have done wrong. " How can this be part of our pre- determined fate?" She says as the words of her husband begin to sink in. Both parents set quietly holding hands as they watch their child take its last breath. I ask, was the fate of this baby pre-determined or was it the fate of the parents that were pre-determined.

I argue that in neither case was the fate pre-determined. When it comes to pre-determine fate I am under the impression that there is no room for flexibility when it comes to the outcome, it is what it is, a plan has been set out, and it is unchangeable. When something is pre-determine it has been decided beforehand, ascertained already. However, there is an opposing issue that surrounds this dilemma of pre-determines fate, and that is the issue of free will. I believe that to have free will means that we have the control and power to make choices in our lives. Therefore, if we believe that the fate of this child was pre-determined then we would have to believe that we have no control or powers in our lives. I do not believe that people have children knowing that their child's life as been set out for them either, for the good or the bad. If we believe in free will then we can say that we have the ability to change fate and as a result, we can make choices in our lives that will determine our outcome. Although, it seems that these fictitious parents had no control over the outcome for their child's life, they did have the power and control, to conceive a baby. A choice they made out of free will. Even though, free will give us the ability to change our fate not all decision made out of free will result in correct choices, but how are we to try and change our outcome if we leave it up to fate.

Sopholces' Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, plays on the issues of free will, and predetermined fate. I would like to suggest that although Oedipus' life was pre- determined by the Gods acting on free will gave him the opportunity to make his own decisions. Even it proved to be beneficial or not. Just like the story aforementioned earlier the fate of the child seems to be predetermined but owing to free will, whatever the outcome might be decisions where made out of choice. Similar to the story of Oedipus the King, choices were made and the...

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