Question : Do you think our life is governed by our actions and the consequences of our actions or is it a predetermined course of events? Can we write the script of our future, break free from the shackles of destiny or is everything about life already pre-planned and are we just walking into the future that is already set for us.
Mahatria: Every moment of life offers innumerable choices. For every choice I execute, I invite a consequence. While I have control over my choices, I can only have expectations over the consequences. While I have a choice over choice, I am actually choiceless about the consequence. While choices are born out of my intelligence, consequences are a feedback from Existential intelligence – the conglomeration of infinite forces – known, unknown and unknowable. My microscopic intelligence operates out of the data at my disposal, while the macrocosmic intelligence operates out of universal data.
Life progresses in the framework of choice-consequence-choice cycle. I execute a choice (I lead my life). Of course, the consequence of my choice is not in my control (I am being led). But again, how I respond to these consequences is once again my choice and that is in my control. My choices are my self-effort (X-axis). The consequences are my destiny (Y-axis). My future is neither completely controlled by consequences nor is it independent of my choices, but it is a resultant diagonal in the XY graph. Life is not Self-Effort Vs Destiny, but it is Self-Effort plus Destiny.
So, I will use my intelligence to execute choices. Surrender the same intelligence to the Existential intelligence by faithfully accepting the consequences. And again use my intelligence to execute counter-choices to those consequences. On a yellow wall when I paint the blue, I will neither find the yellow nor get the blue, but a resultant green. However, if I continue my self-effort of painting the blue long enough, the wall will eventually turn blue.
So, if I don’t get what I want in life, which I sometimes won’t; if after all my efforts the results don’t turn out to be what I aspired for, which they sometimes won’t; if the consequences of my choices aren’t what I intended, as they sometimes won’t… I will not lose my heart. Unintended consequences are life’s way of showing me the possibilities I haven’t thought about. Unintended consequences are Existence’s way of telling me that it has a different plan for me… a plan larger than what I intended.
I will use the framework of choice-consequence-choice and keep progressing in life. Life is, ‘I’ plus ‘Him’ project, and not ‘I’ versus ‘Him’ project.
Written by: Mahatria Ra