Most people believe that you cannot control your circumstances.
If that’s true then we have no control over our lives which makes us all fatalists.
I agree that there are certain things in your life that you have no control over for example:
- your parents
- your gender
- ethnic group
- mental or physical handicaps
- your government
If you were born white, it’s very hard to change your skin colour to black or vice versa.
You can try but it’ll take a lot of money and pain to achieve some form of success.
A classic case comes to mind is that of Michael Jackson.
You can have your gender changed but the above conditions apply.
You can change your government through elections but the voters will decide which party rules or that is what you are led to believe.
For the rest, it depends on what you do with your circumstances.
You can change whether you live in poverty, have a poor education or restricted religious views but it’s a mindset that you’re fighting against.
The prevailing views of society are reflected in the government that the people elected.
The people of the country mandated their elected leaders to lead the country.
They in turn took what was accepted by their predecessors and either enhanced those views or rejected them.
Governments are supposed to provide the basics that society requires like health, protection, education, services etc.
If the dominant view of society changes, it’s put before parliament or the senate.
The elected members then vote according to their beliefs.
If the majority vote is in favour then it becomes an act or made into law.
Society has always had leaders and followers.
The problem is to distinguish between a good leader and a poor one.
If a person is elected to fill a post, that person cannot be separated from their background or what they believe.
If you live in a dictatorship then the country will be dominated by the person’s background, ethnic group or belief.
Most of this is common sense but we have to peel the skin away to see the fruit inside.
Take a look at South Africa during the lives of Jake and Mary.
The government was made up of predominantly white Afrikaaners who had a strong religious background.
Their roots stemmed from the Dutch settlers who in turn were influenced by their home country.
The country’s laws were based on Roman-Dutch law.
Marriage was considered sacred, man the head of the home and proven adultery the only grounds for divorce.
A woman who had a child out of marriage was classed as a whore or prostitute.
Jake and Mary knew the underlying beliefs of their society and the risks but they made a choice.
The dialogue between Duke and Genie makes one think that it’s a matter of controlled circumstances by unseen parties.
The circumstances in Jake and Mary’s lives were a result of their choices.
Nobody forced them to make that decision.
We create our own circumstances through the choices we make.
Choices are decisions that are made according to the information we have, what we believe and our conscience.
That is something to think about until my next post.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan
Updated: May 2022