The Oedipus Cycle: Can one deny their fate?

“We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist. It is purpose that created us. Purpose that connects us. Purpose that pulls us. That guides us. That drives us. It is purpose that defines us. Purpose that binds us.” -Agent Smith

“The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” -John Connor

And here we go. What is fate? Is fate a predetermined course of events that we live through? Is fate, just us, fulfilling the purposes given to us? Or is it the opposite, where our fate is changed with every single decision we make? In Scene V of Antigone, Creon chooses to ignore his own fate, label it as false, and basically call Teiresias a liar, even though his previous prophecy pretty much came true in front of his own eyes. Was it his pride? Was it that Creon wanted to delay the inevitable? Or did Creon think that he could alter the Gods’ wills, to fulfill his own selfish desires in place of their own?

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Assuming his lifetime is all predetermined and arranged, what’s the point of Creon trying to evade it? What’s the point of anyone trying to evade their own fate? Is this sense of hopelessness of controlling one’s destiny all there is to life? After all, if everything is predetermined, what we perceive as rash decisions, or perhaps smarter decisions is just useless, because we would have done those things anyways. So then, why exist? Isn’t that what we call purpose? Maybe this means that our sole purpose is just to continue on with whatever we’re doing, or not, because in the end, it’s all been calculated for. Isn’t it strange to think that at the end of your life, there will be someone or something there that’s just like, Dude. I saw that all coming. In fact, I was the one that chose all those decisions for you. How do you like them apples? So you know what? Go on. You know you wanna eat that doughnut. Did you eat that doughnut? It was calculated into your fate anyways! Oh, you didn’t eat that doughnut? Your fate saw that coming, you were never going to eat it anyways. You changed your mind? You’re going to eat that doughnut now? Guess what, your fate saw it coming you little-

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In the end, all we can do is accept it right? No matter how much you attempt to alter it, to avoid it, to hide from it, or even to free your son’s fiance-from-the-crappy-situation-you-put-her-in-to-avoid-the-wrath-of-the-Gods, you’re too late:

(•_•) / ( •_•)>⌐□-□ / (⌐□_□) You’re about a lifetime too late.

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On the contrary, what if we’re creating our own fates with each step we take, each idea we come up with, each decision we make- All of this being that humans are shaping their own fate into what they want it to be. That is the point of getting a good education and job, right? We’re shaping our futures into something we want to be proud of and to enjoy, right? We put ourselves in a position where, yeah, we do have control over our lives, and that satisfies us enough to continue pushing on.

Anyways, if we’re continuously changing our future, then that means that the future has yet to be determined. And if anything, people fear the unknown above all. So going back to Creon’s case, if he can really control his fate, then it’s only his fault that he ends up with his son’s death, along with his son’s fiance. If there were no arrangements of fate, then he chose his own. One of the plus sides of having a predetermined fate means you can blame it on whatever force has already chosen for you, because you really have no choice in the matter. If you’re making your own decisions, who else can you blame?

What if your fate is to become a great doctor, and everything goes right. You’re about to become that new successful, famous-doctor-in-magazine guy; You’ll become a legit doctor. But, what if, at the last second, you had gotten stepped on by a cow, or misplaced your drink and ended up drinking Mercury, or tripped over your shoelace into a pit of hungry crocodiles, or accidentally stepped into the path of a rocket aimed at a dummy, or FINALLY, near your DESTINATION, you get run over by a semi-truck, while you’re about to get out of the cafe and head to work? Would that not have deviated you from your fate, even though it was right in front of you? Someone/something else would have interrupted your fate, changing it. Or was it all part of an elaborate scheme to kill you from the start, by giving you false hope of becoming a doctor, and then making you drink Mercury, or untying your shoes before you arrive at the crocodile pit (making sure they had no food the previous day, because su buffalo es mi buffalo), or if you just happened to forget that you were heading to your doctor’s office for the first time, but instead were deviated into walking onto a bazooka testing site (by a suspicious looking sign), or maybe you just wanted some coffee? The solution is simple: Don’t drink anything. Ever. Wear crocs. Make sure you’re always wearing your rocket proof clothes (not just on Saturdays), and finally, write a petition to the president demanding that all semi-trucks be eliminated in order to save the lives of cafes everywhere.

OHHH, so that’s what happens when you spend 6 hours doing a blog post. Anyways, the point is that, it comes down to whether you control your fate or not. Going back to the topic that loosely guided this post, Creon believes he does have control over his own fate, when he’s proven wrong almost instantly afterwards. However, maybe his choosing to lock up Antigone and destroy his son’s feelings is what led to his own curse being fulfilled. Was it predetermined or did he set himself up for failure? What do YOU choose to believe? In the end, you’re choosing how you want to see your fate. Do you want the POWER of your fate in your own hands, or perhaps in someone, or something, else?

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-Alan

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