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Fate is defined as the supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events. I, myself, am not a believer of fate. I don't think that there is some greater being or greater force that makes incidents happen to people. I believe that events occur because someone or something makes them occur. For instance, one is driving their car down the road when a deer jumps in front of the car. Consequentially, the car hits the deer causing quite a bit of damage to the car. How can one be sure that this is fate? For that matter, how can one be sure that there is even such a force that is powerful enough to change the course of one's life? This could have merely been a coincidence. Why would some "greater force" make a person crash their car? There would be no good reason for such an event to happen.

Therefore, it would have to be a coincidence.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I believe that there is no such thing as fate. I think that life is just full of coincidences. Also, I believe the world "happens" as a person lives and how those two interact is the "story" of that person's life. In other words, how a person and the world coincide is life. There is no "book" already written when one is born that they have to live up to. In my opinion, figuratively speaking, when one is born, they are given paint and a brush and the picture they paint is their life. Basically, my point is that a person's life is that of their own, they can do with it what they want and nobody has control over it except the person that that life belongs to.