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Although often used interchangeably, the words "fate" and "destiny" have distinct connotations.





Although often used interchangeably, the words "fate" and "destiny" have distinct connotations.

  • Traditional usage defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events. Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe, and in some conceptions, the cosmos. Classical and European mythology feature personified "fate spinners," known as the Moirai in Greek mythology, the Parcae in Roman mythology, and the Norns in Norse mythology. They determine the events of the world through the mystic spinning of threads that represent individual human fates. Fate is often conceived as being divinely inspired.
  • Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and to that same sense of "destination", projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves
  • Fatalism refers to the belief that events fixed by fate are unchangeable by any type of human agency. In other words, humans can have no effects upon their own fates or upon the fates of others.

comments (16)

Am I missing something here...?
Chris: This hare was knocked down by a car, collected by a taxidermist and is in the process of being made into an installation by an artist. I pose the question as to whether this series of events can be described as fate or destiny
Thanks for the education, Chris! But what does this poor rabbit have to do with it?
Chris: I refer you to the reply I gave to Frank
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Nov 2016, 02:53
Pauvre lapin, je n'aime pas du tout.
Chris: He has been saved for posterity Martine, sorry if the image upsets you
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2016, 06:43
Unfortunately, that poor hare still looks alive. I guess it was fated to end up here
Chris: Right - fate not destiny then Lisl
Hum...je ne suis pas trop fan , j'espère que ce lapin n'est pas vrai ..
Chris: Tis hare was killed by a car and an artist is preserving its form Claudine
Either way Mr Bunny is 100% dead
Chris: Indeed - wasn't there a song entitled "I aint got nobody?"
You and your fancy words! It's jut a ruddy hare.
Chris: Or a part of one Chad..
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Nov 2016, 08:22
I can't work out the connection between your words and the image but I'm just wondering why someone would hang up half a hare. I don;t think that we are in a butcher's.
Chris: Please read my reply to Frank
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Nov 2016, 08:38
Quite an interesting thesis you are presenting here. Since this whole "fate" thing is linked to mythology and other abra cadabra believes. Unfortunately I can't remember from which mythology this stems, but I understood in their version that there are many fate lines available in a person's life. Chance or the stars or circumstances or witchcraft (all out of the individual's control) can put you on a fate line or change your fate line. But you end up at your destiny, independent of which fate lines 'happened' in your life.

Fate caused the hare to step on a sleeping dog, after dodging running dogs for many years. Destiny is being a lamp decoration.
Chris: I think fate took him to this unfortunate end Louis
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2016, 09:10
All tied in wth the concept of Free Will; fate and destiny both implying that there is no such thing as free will. I used to subscribe to this thesis as a youngster, but then realised that fatalism was just a cop out; we are all going to die, but we can chose the path along which we travel.

Back to the hare; I don't think his demise is fate or destiny, but what happens next is, just hat he won't know a thing about it.
Chris: You don't think he is in hare heaven then, looking down from a cloud? For the rest of it I am nclined to agree with you. Beyond genetic illnesses and other unmentionables we tend to make our own luck..
It is a rather macabre find isn't it. Some of the people at the church we go to would disagree very strongly with both fate and destiny, as far as they are concerned everything that happens to one is predetermined by the Almighty.
Chris: I think the Almighty gives us free will Brian
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2016, 15:17
I remember a hare running under our car when I was small, my father was so upset that he hadn't been able to avoid it.
Chris: I love them. They are my power-animal, if that makes any sort of sense to you Anne
you have a strange place to hang your meat Chris...
your explanation about "fate" and "destiny" was interesting...
but either way nobody make it out of this world alive....petersmile
Chris: In the end we've all got to go, one way or another..
This entirely reminds me of an Englishman I admire, Kit Williams. If you know him (of him) you would understand why.
Chris: I do indeed Mary
thought provoking post indeed, Chris.
Chris: Thank you Ayush
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2016, 10:28
A hare's life is not a happy one!

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