In his profound book Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, considers three types of human destiny.
The first one is biological. It is pre-dermined by heredity and can hardly be changed, i.e. your height, body shape, colour of your hair, etc.
The second one is psychological destiny. For example, this includes your temper and character.
The last one is social destiny, i.e. the social environment you were born into.
A crucial remark from the auhor here is that human beings are capable to shape all types of their destinies. This is what Viktor Frankl calls resistance of spirit. This echoes, by the way, with the 5th tenet of taekwon-do – indomitable spirit.
I cannot agree more with the author.
On a daily basis, we all have an opportunity to deal with these three destines. If we’re not happy with out social status, we can work hard to change it. If we lose temper too quickly, we can learn to control it instead of blaiming our Zodiac signs. We can even change our biological characteristics, i.e. by growing muscles or taking a diet.
And if we can’t, we always have an opportunity to change our perspective towards what we can’t change. In other words, we can exercise the value of attitude – one of the three values embedded in our lives.
To sum up, there is always space for free will, even though it may be restricted by biological, psychological or social factors.
As Arnold Schwarzenegger put it:
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
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