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The Battle Between Destiny and Free Will

The Struggle Between Destiny and Free Will
The Struggle Between Destiny and Free Will

One of the greatest science fiction movies of all time is the trilogy of Matrix. After getting up on the Netflix train I got a lot of suggestions to watch this masterpiece. Even after a fifth watch I find it mesmerizing to get some new ideas and ways to see everyday problems. That is probably the reason why some movies are called classics and others not.

[Spoiler Alert] If you watched this trilogy you probably remember the scene of a young boy folding and unfolding the spoon using only his mind in front of the main character Neo. People usually miss this part, but in that scene, there is unquestionable meaning where spoon boy tells to Neo that spoon exist only in a Matrix. That is the only reason why the spoon can be bent by someone’s mind.

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Fast forwarding to the end of the movie you can see that Neo gets the same spoon in the Zion, last free town of humans outside of the Matrix. With that message, there is hidden meaning which is that Zion is not actually out of Matrix. That is an upper part of the same simulation where people can be happy thinking they are having freedom while being in the same thing.

These scenes are tickling my mind lately. Does any of our decisions have actual consequences or everything is predetermined? Even one of the greatest innovators of our time Elon Musk says that there is a big chance that we live in a simulation.

This is a question which doesn’t have a definitive answer. There is no way to check if that is true. Viewed from the perspective of ordinary discussion, I think it is best to look at what is destiny/fate and what is free will.

Destiny and Karma

Destiny is defined as: “the inevitable or necessary fate to which a person or thing is destined; one’s lot. And as a predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control.” Some people believe that destiny and karma are the same things. But the karma that we choose creates our destiny, which we can impact in various ways.

To follow this analogy, the lamp itself can do nothing other than fulfil its created purpose: to burn oil and keep the flame lit. The oil represents the capacity we are given in this life, not the time we have on Earth. Adding a little bit more fuel to light brighter or longer is not possible and at the same time not so important, because it will not allow any change to happen in that time.

Free will

Free Will is defined as: “the ability or discretion to choose; free choice: for example, ‘chose to remain behind of my free will.’ The power of making choices that are neither determined by natural causality nor predestined by fate or divine will.”

That’s specious thinking because none of us has control over outside events at all—we only have control over ourselves. But, sometimes that is more than enough to make our lives better. Wishing to change other people lives without succeeding to change our own will not bring us to our goal!


Future is not set in stone, thinking that everything is in some way already organized and that we don’t need to do anything while waiting for destiny to choose our path is demotivating. There is a great amount of joy to choose the ways in which you act in front of others and these acts giving you some feedback.

Whenever something unexpected or bad happens in your life, you cannot always magically change your circumstances. No one gets to have everything exactly as they want it to be, but that is not a reason to not try even harder to fix things and get what’s best possible.

Old patterns of behaviour and thoughts can keep us from having new ones. History may repeat life after life, but it doesn’t have to. Change your life, make yourself a better person, in that way you will make this planet better for all of us. On the end never give up on your dreams, they are the only thing that can move you forward!


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