182 – Destiny …

My greatest challenge is to try to answer the question What is Life? Because even if I know that I am one of Life’s manifestations and that Life is manifested all around me and far away from me, I don’t seem to be capable to fully know what it is. But there are things about Life that are self-evident: 1 – Life recreates itself with a degree of freedom and inexhaustible ingenuity into manifestations of increasing complexity and 2 – that amid my monumental limitations, I can direct my Life towards a destination.

One of the incredible things about my childhood was that from constant oppression, cruelty, hate, and fear, a curiosity to find beauty, happiness, and truth somehow emerged with a force that overtook my Life. What is this formidable force? Is it what we call Destiny?

There are two definitions for Destiny in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1 – something to which a person or thing is destined, and 2 – a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency.

There is no question in my mind that every living thing in Nature is destined to have a degree of curiosity; it is the key to adaptation and survival, it is how flowers come up with amazing designs to attract pollinators and propagate, it is how molecules have come to build the complexity of the double helix, it is how a newborn baby learns to manipulate and be manipulated by its world, it is how the human brain develops an irrepressible curiosity to know what our destiny might be.

There is no question in my mind that our lives are pre-determined by the environment in which we are born, by the source of Life from which we are engendered, by the forces that shape our perception, but most of all, by the hunting power of Destiny.

Revised January 2021   

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