Don't submit but confront your fate

She agrees with the poet that ‘the moving finger writes and moves on…not all our tears can wash out one word of it’. She is able to quote many examples to uphold her theory. Her favourite is one that concerns Sunil Gavaskar. It has been recounted by the famous cricketer himself in his book, ‘Sunny Days’.

At the very outset he says, ‘I may never have become a cricketer and this book would certainly have not been written, if an eagle-eyed relation, Narayan Masurekar had not come into my life the day I was born’. He goes on to tell us that this gentleman noticed a small hole near the top of the baby’s left ear lobe. The next day he came again and to his utter horror saw the baby did not have the hole. A frantic search of all the cribs in the hospital followed and the baby was eventually located sleeping blissfully beside a fisherwoman! ‘Providence,’ says Gavaskar, ‘had helped me retain my true identity and, in the process, charted the course of my life. I have often wondered what would have happened if Nature had not ‘marked’ me out and given me my ‘guard’ by giving that small hole.’             

Well, according to my friend, it had been preordained that Gavaskar be restored to his rightful parents and so attain the stature that he did. It was a benign fate that brought his uncle to the hospital and made him notice the hole. The argument appears to be one that cannot be summarily dismissed. Even those who oppose it strongly will admit that when things turn out badly and plans go awry, there is a temptation to blame it on fate. A belief in fate can also confer certain benefits.

If actions and events are labelled ‘inevitable’, there is no need for a person to assume responsibility for them. Also injustice and cruelty cease to be matters of human concern. It becomes easy to still the nagging voice of conscience.

There is however a heavy price to be paid for this. There is no room in such a scheme of things for finer feelings. Since there is no possibility of change, there is no urge for improvement either. Challenge, betterment and uplift turn into meaningless words. Life, stripped of hope, faith and charity, becomes mechanical and empty of achievement.

Much better then, to ignore fate and leave it to do what it will. Perhaps no man can alter what fate has in store for him; however, he can without doubt face all challenges with courage and triumph over them. In short, submit to fate and it will rule over you; on the other hand, confront it and fight it, and you rob it of its power to exercise control over you.

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