I do not think everything, every action, is predetermined. But I do think that everyone has a place in life. I don't mean everyone is needed or are all part of some grand plan, nobody is essential. I mean I think life is predetermined in that are only allowed the *opportunity* to go so far in life and no further.
Some people have the opportunity for potential greatness. For example, I think many people have the potential to become Mozart or Bezos, they were born with all the right genes/characteristics, got the right education/upbringing, have the right networking/social connections, etc. But the x-factor is luck. That luck is partly what I believe to be part of the predetermined destiny, e.g. having the right idea at the right place and the right time with the right people in the right mood. And there are also many who have the opportunity, but do not make the most of it; they are content where they are in life and do not try further, or perhaps scared of losing what they have. For example, rich kids who just live and party off their parent's money, or poor people who work until they achieve a middle-class life, then stop taking risks and working as hard even if they have the potential to do more. Then there are others who just can't get ahead of life no matter how hard or how often they try. Every time they try to improve their life, something always comes up to kick them back down again; a war, an earthquake, an economic collapse, an asshole boss, a backstabbing coworker, a false accusation, a critical career mistake, a crippling accident, a school bully, a family crisis, an absent father, a ruinous divorce, an unexplained illness, etc. It's almost as if something is deliberately keeping them in that place in life, even if hardly any of it is deliberately targeting that individual personally, they are not given the opportunity to have better. Many things unrelated and outside their control, yet determines their life. And worse, even if they are given the rare opportunity to do better, they fail for whatever reason and are never given the opportunity again, forever branded a failure.
What makes me personally believe this is I felt I hit that invisible predetermined ceiling in my life years ago. This was after over 3 decades of constant fighting with life during and since high school to try and improve my situation, make myself happier and richer, but every time I did there was always something to kick me back down again. Cowardliness and mistakes I made that cost me dearly; deliberate actions and selfishness of others that let them profit at my expense; burnout, breakdowns and an illness that doctors still can't figure out, a massive recession that we still haven't fully climbed out of, betrayals, etc; all eventually made me give up trying. I stopped fighting, withdrew from a lot of society and work. And then it happened. My life became okay. Once I stayed in my place in life, things settled down, life became calmer and more stable. I am poor and a wizard, but not in constant distress all the time, I am not fighting against the grain all the time. Once I stopped trying to stand up past a certain step, people stopped trying to hammer me down. It's almost as if something is telling me to shut up and be happy with this station in life. And I believe it. Some idiot may quip some inspirational nonsense like "if at first you don't succeed…", but fuck you, I've already done all that for decades. Life is not some disney movie, trying your best does not make everything magically okay, outcomes are not equal and everyone will always put themselves before others. People who manage to beat the odds and overcome life are so rare they might as well have been playing the lottery. But then again, they had the predetermined opportunity to beat the odds. Life is not fair, people are not fair, I just have to put up with it and make do with it.>>175655
I think it was Nietzsche who said that. Still true though.