Well, the way I see, it's a bit of both. And even a bit of free will involved as well.
Yes, I've no basis of fact for this, so please don't ask me to prove anything here. This is just my opinion.
So, Karma then first. Let's leave the delectable question of Fate, for last.
From a logical point of view, you can see Karma in the sense that every action as an equal and opposite reaction. Perhaps not as this premise was
originally intended, but it works to explain the way I see it.
You do good things, people see you're doing good things, God, the universe; whatever you might wish to call it, also sees these things. And hence,
they act accordingly. Even if you don't believe in God, or whichever name you might call said being; then there are still other people who may become
aware of you doing good things.
Wouldn't you, personally, be inclined to be nice to someone, even give them things, if they did the same to you? Certainly, you wouldn't to someone
who mistreats you constantly.
So, in that sense, yes, karma exists; as sure as there's oxygen in the air.
And then, of course, there's Fate.
Now I've thought about Fate a lot in my life. My views of it has changed as I've grown older, as well as with everything that I've been through,
and that has effected me. And this is also what I like to call, "my contradictory nature", because I believe in both Fate, and free will.
I think you make your choices, I think you live with them; or are able to, hopefully. You choose to be good. You choose to better yourself, better the
world; or make everything worse and live your existence with no thought of others. But, saying that, I think we still move within a framework. A
grander scheme, if you'll permit the cliché.
Yet I think that even that scheme is not always set in stone, but that it keeps it shape after a fashion.
For instance, say you're planning a journey. You plot certain points, certain things along the way that you'd like to see. Now some people will
simply take the shortest route there, the highway, or whatever; this isn't a very eloquent metaphor. But others will take turn-offs, simply to see
what's down that road.
Both will invariably reach the same point, but the manner in which they reach this will be drastically different. And this is how I believe Fate may
work. Not as imprisonment, to be puppets. But points set for us to learn the important things that we should along the way.
But that's just my view of it anyway.
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