Everything in life is a combination of what happens to us and what we do.
Sometimes what we do is a reaction to what happens to us.
Sometimes what happens is a result of what we have done.
The extremist on either end of the spectrum will believe:
- 1. The fatalists believe everything is done according to a grand orchestration, and that we have no control over anything, everything happens for a reason etc.
- 2. The other end of the spectrum believes that all of life is in our control, that there is nothing that can’t be done when concentrated effort is applied.
The first attitude results in hopelessness and reckless abandon.
This second attitude results in self-righteousness and or depression, depending on whether one’s actions produce the desired result.
The truth lies somewhere in the middle.