Friday, 24 May 2013

What if your very life was fixed ?

It's a very difficult thing to engage yourself in compiling and then eventually writing down a blog post, especially when the post is destined for a blog that is somewhat deserted. However, the feeling, the compulsion and the force are sometimes so incessant that they cannot be kept at abeyance and you eventually articulate your ideas and emotions. This blog post is perhaps a manifestation of that same conglomerate of thoughts that have bothered me for the past few days. First, it was the arrest of Sanjay Dutt which once again drove me to contemplate on the cycles of glory and tribulation which are such an inherent part of nearly every man's life, no matter how big he may be. And then, it was the arrest of our erstwhile Railways Minister's nephew that eventually surfaced the underpinnings of a giant business empire based out of ostensible lobbying and use of power. And eventually, it was the expose of the spot fixing fiasco which has ever since being devouring quite a lot of convicts every single day. All in all, it was just a matter of a day for these men. For Sunjay Dutt, it was the day when the Supreme Court delivered its final judgment, for the Railway Minister's nephew, it was that one particular day when a trail led CBI to him and for the ones indulged in spot fixing, it was about that day when the police found some solid proof to charge the culpable. It was just a matter of a day and all these men who were once surrounded by glitter and sumptuous wealth and recognition, were instantly sent to the gallows of tribulation and plight. I want to ask this question, what if the very lives of these men were fixed well in advance ?




I'm not pointing towards the possible involvement of a personnel whose position and vested powers made him so immaculate that he could have single handedly asked others to act at his behest and captivate these men. I'm also not talking about the considerations of righteousness which dictate terms about how a breach of morals and ethics is bound to get you punished sooner or later. What I am talking about is that of all the possibilities of these men finding a way to escape the wrath of our inadvertently captive judiciary, why was it that these men who were so very ingenious, still couldn't find a way to save themselves. A detailed analysis may reveal certain flaws or certain prejudices that cost them dearly at the end. However, on a more larger scale, this has got to do with the all powerful and the magnanimous entity called fate or destiny, as and what you may like to call it.

What if irrespective of what we do and how we do it, a substantial part of the outcome was always predetermined ? What if irrespective of how much we talk of restructuring and revamping our destiny, the transformation in itself was predestined to take place ? What if the struggle we brag about was also something already carved over the blueprint of our future. In short, what if most of our lives are already fixed ? One may arrive at the conclusion that the term "fixed" is used here to highlight the prevalent notorious cult, but it's not. "Fixed" has been used to draw a correspondence on how much of our eventual future path appears to be random and yet it was not random. There was a part of it, perhaps, which we could have molded and yet there was a considerable portion that was not malleable. That portion was intriguing and befuddling but it was not our perspicaciousness which made it to be that way, it was the manifestation of what was supposed to happen to us.

So much of iniquity resides in our lives that we eventually crumble down under the bedrock of egregiousness and yet someday, there arrives some event or something else which literally diverts the course of our life. What once appeared ludicrously quixotic, now becomes the luscious reality. What once appeared the most grotesque of possibilities, now takes you to the pinnacle of your life. You did change and walked through the most tormenting of phases in the most nonchalant of ways, but your circumstances too changed accordingly and half of the parameters in your circumstances were never in your control. What would you call this eventual sync between your arriving at some juncture and the circumstances getting ripe. You may call it luck, or a coincidence or even a fluke, but you still cannot disparage its prescience.

Now the final question. Who fixed this life of yours ? Truth be told, at least you yourself weren't the complete curator for what eventually ensued. Yes, you fought through the tides, strove through the tatters, and triumphed through the vicissitudes but still, you were not the one who can be solely heralded as the master of your fate. In fact all that you believed to have done to change your fate was simply a part of your fate itself. You were born as an indigent, you crib about the impecuniousness, you talk about how you resorted to sheer penchant for success and resorted to immense frugality, and how you eventually overcame the blunt of what you were born with. But what if all of this was scripted many years in advance, what if all these brilliant battles, these ephemeral stints of gleam and glory, these boisterous sprees and this eventual opulence, were all destined to come to you ? You can choose to agree with it, or walk away from it, but you still cannot disavow it because it itself is imbibed in you and you yourself are imbibed in its shell. What if your very life was fixed ?

6 comments:

  1. What we encounter in life only comes to us when we act. We won't survive if we sit in one place and expect things to happen because life is preordained.

    As Stephen Hawking says - "Even those who believe life is already slated for us look both sides before they cross the road."

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    1. Well first of all, I'd like to thank you for spending some valuable time in reading my post. Now comes the question of acting at a particular instant. Although I wasn't able to inculcate that much of depth in my argument but what if whether we'll act or not act is also predetermined ? What if what we think about our future and its course at a particular point of time and the connotations we form about our envisaged actions is also somewhat predestined ? We react to situations but there are always only a restricted number of viable responses which supposedly result in tenable situations. And not acting on part of indolence or apathy can also be included as an option. So what if we act or not act is also known in advance and when time comes we do only as we were supposed to do at that particular point of time ? That is the kind of impact that I'm talking about.Somewhere down the line, such thoughts may be obliterating and inadvertently complex but so is life. But once again, thanks a lot for bringing a new perspective to the discussion. Really appreciate it. :)

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  2. Nothing is fixed. I certainly don't believe in that. Our present is an outcome of our past actions. Had those personalities taken the right decisions/actions in their past they wouldn't have seen this day (believing that they were instilled with morals)! Life will give choices to everyone, it's what you do of them.
    Now don't say the decision is also fixed.. :|

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    1. Well, first of all, I really appreciate the time you've taken to read the post. Now before saying anything else, you yourself have actually guessed it correct about what I was going to say. Yes, what if the very decision they took at that time was fixed ? Actually the post does not suggest the infinite number of levels to which I wanted to induce the impact of the proposition. But what if we are acting as mere agents ? What if we are following a computer program whose outcome is largely fixed as per the code and partially dependent on the value of variables at a particular point of time ? As per this model, we can only modify the variables and not the code. What I'm trying to say is that at one point of time, you were always supposed to land up only with a few more future options to take and you can take anyone, but the options that you were offered were not entirely a function of your previous choices but the function of the role that this supposed force played. You know nature is a cognoscenti, a big one. 65 million years ago, the great comet struck earth precisely at the place where dinosaurs once resided. Why did it happen - because dinosaurs had to be eliminated for new life forms to arrive. These new life forms include human beings as well. So nature works according to a plan. It balances cycles which have living subjects and nature's forces as the agents. Now we as human subjects can control our parts but still the natural forces are somewhat obstinate. So what I was trying to say is that what if apart from certain decisions that may change the plan a bit, the larger picture of our life is more or less fixed. One cannot act as an evangelist in this regard and just to enunciate the truth, I myself don't believe in it entirely. In fact, my belief in it is very very bleak. One simply cannot live with those kind of ideals. I simply needed opinions in that regard and your's is surely a very erudite one. Thanks a lot once again. :)

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  3. Food for thought definitely, but I felt that the writing got bogged down by unnecessary big words. I felt they often ended up distracting from the main message itself.
    Is everything in our lives preordained? Tough call, that. If we end up believing that incessantly, would we still strive to follow our dreams and philosophy?

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  4. First of all, I'm indebted to your for reading this post and analyzing it so very well. Yes, I totally agree with you on that verbiage part. I'm doing my level best to get away from it and minimize its impact on my writing. At times I'm not able to choose between words and I end up choosing the one that according to me has a more stronger note of expression. However, while doing that, I'm not able to foresee its impact on my whole blog post and it kind of mares the final writeup. So, I sincerely thank you for pointing it out in the critique. :)
    And now to the considerations about the post. One, yes it's amongst the toughest of things to decide on. It's one of those things which cannot be proven because it simply does not exist in physical reality. It's a simple vestige of a series of actions and events. It's existent on a philosophical state and hence irrespective of how much we question it or believe in it, we'll never find a way of knowing if it's actually there. :P And secondly, yes, living our whole lives believing in something that cannot be proven at all would be one of the most foolish of things to do. The main motive of writing this post was to get opinions from bloggers like you, to get your perspective on this agenda and I'm extremely happy that I've succeeded in doing that. :)

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