An essay on Destiny
Art+Design|Fall 2016

Destiny is commonly believed to possess an element of human control that fate does not. We may be helpless against the inevitable trajectory of our fates, but our destinies can be molded by the choices we make.

Laurie G. Fisher

Desired destinies will vary, but our ideas about what light awaits us at the end of the tunnel are often the same. A beaming ball of greatness is in all of our futures, and we have the control to reach the golden ring we rightly deserve.

To better navigate the broad definition of “greatness,” consider it in the context of American culture. Our society generally measures greatness in our fellow men by the level of achievements they’ve made on the job or in their field of work. Acknowledging this, the path to greatness seems clear —make the choices necessary for the eligibility to succeed and possess such an unwavering amount of conviction that your personal prophecy will be fulfilled. For example, if someone feels their destiny is to become a great surgeon, with the objective being to save a lot of lives, the feasible thing to do would be to complete med school, do your research, develop some innovations, keep your patients living, and never once lose confidence. The steps toward your desired destiny seem simple enough, right?

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