Realizing fate and responding

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Every human being eventually gets to know what fate there is for his life. However, a person always has choices as to how to live life in the light of a known fate. Depending on how freedom of choice is exercised, and whatever decisions and risks are taken, something good or bad can take place to make a meaningful life or a tragic one. In the first place, what is fate? Or how should fate be defined? These are realities and events beyond the control of a human being, usually attributed to divine Will of God or forces. The Free Dictionary (2012) defines it as force, principle, or power that predetermines events. the inevitable events predestined by this force. It is not the same as faith referring to a belief which can be controlled by man. But in the present time, people are told to be the master of their own fate because it really depends on what one person does in order to achieve something during a lifetime Oedipus was a classic play involving the characters who would help Oedipus discover his fate by his search for truth through advisers, messengers, and his own mother. In the story, Oedipus ws introduced as a famous person treated by the priests as the ruler of Thebes. He was respected because his house was kept in order. His city was also known for its idealism symbolized by gods and believing in the value of love. But the land was believed to be cursed with a plague over farmlands. To find out what should be done, they consulted those who knew their gods. A chain of events followed next. Oedipus discovers his fate to be a shameful one. He discovers himself to be the killer of the king, a lover of his own mother. The truth unfolds further to make him realize that the king he had killed, King Laius, was actually his father. The curse on his land turned out to be his own doing after all the effort of trying to seek the truth. His own recommended punishment for whoever had killed King Laius became his punishment soon after he realized how he had killed his own father in the crossroad and fulfilled the prophecy that the son of a king would kill the king. Towards the end, his successor to the throne as king, Creon, said: To know the truth of a man, wait till you see his life end. On that day, look at him. Don’t claim any man is god’s friend until he has passed through life and crossed the border into death – never having been god’s victim (Oedipus, Last Stanza). This play was actually tragic because King Oedipus, famous as he was, allowed himself to be victimized by bad decisions for himself. It may be true that he committed many sins or shameful acts like killing a father and loving a material to the point of making her his wife and bearing children out of his own mother. Yet he had the option to forgive his mistakes and repent. There was no need to inflict physical punishment on himself out of his own initiative. Was it his fault if he did not know that the person he met and killed was his father, given the fact that he was not aware who his real father was? There was an inconsistency in the response to truth because Oedipus believed in satisfying gods as well as the people who needed to be freed from a curse. When he eventually discovered how it was predicted that he would kill his own father without his knowing the person he would kill was his father, was it not fate? Was it not unavoidable since the gods meant it to happen that way? Therefore, if Oedipus truly believes in satisfying gods, and what the gods wanted to happen was not what he wanted, he should have accepted his fate. His action to kill his own father was not his Will but the Will of gods. If he truly believes in gods, then King Oedipus should have communicated to the gods by saying he had fulfilled his destiny according to their Will even though he did not know the person he killed was his father. Then he could have venerated his father and asked for his father’s forgiveness. Instead, he acted impulsively and emotionally, failing to reflect on his realities and fate. There was no need