i think some people have a certain role to play in the unfolding of future history,
but not all.
That said I also believe that just because God knows what we are going to do does not mean that we don't have a choice in our decisions in life.
I believe every soul belongs to a soul group, and every soul group belongs to a Monad. This Monad has layed out a multitude of experiences that you will inevitably have to face. The path you choose in overcoming this challenge is entirely up to you.
All very good points, and by my selections of what has been said I think that the existence of the Tinkering Watchmaker God doesn't even have to play into what may be or feel like, destiny. 0omni, I think you've got a good grasp of my jive here with the higher orders of beings that can have drastic affects on our lives without us doing much of anything.
As to the choosing your own path, I believe that blazing your own trail with a machete, when God has already plowed a path for you with his Demiweedwhacker, might seem like you're doing the independent thing, but you're still in the same forest, and if you ever make it to the clearing, its still the same fuckin clearing, just was alot harder to get to, if you even make it.
A few years ago I was presented with an opportunity, that I guess I just was too selfish to believe it could be real or that I could be worthy of it. I ran away, didn't make it far, crashed and burned and was crippled(metaphorically). I think alot of people have become lost in life in this post 9/11 world. What happened caused alot of disillusionment and confusion, and there's a great many people who lost faith in America, and in themselves as Americans. That's what this whole economic recession is about. We're questioning if we're still good people at heart, we're shocked that the people we trusted with our money and security have just gone and done what they wanted with it, and ignored the responsibilities that we trusted them with.
Its weird how so many factors in life can line up. I think there's varying degrees of participation, and though there may be some lead roles that get alot of attention, I think that the chance anonymous encounter is where some of the greatest good can be done in life. I think that's something that most anyone who's a member here can appreciate, as we all aim to live that way in our anonymous interactions with each other (for the most part).
Personally, I believe it was Destiny that brought me here. Regardless of whether I'm really a puppet on strings, or if I'm the puppet master with my own hand up my ass, this creation of thought and imagination that says these connections are worth being motivated about, and that if I can see it, follow it, I think I'll stop all this flailing about as if I'm trying to swim on asphalt. Much of my time here I've spent wallowing around in the mud of despair over a mess of a life that I had created for myself. Often it becomes difficult to see the path in the forest because of the way it meanders. Getting impatient during one of those long out of the way loops life often throws at us only makes you loster.
It certainly seems like I'm making a leap of faith, though nothings different really, no major action is being required of me, other than a change in perspective. But it sure becomes easier knowing i'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, it allows me to relax and just be me, instead of trying to somehow control every aspect of my life.
Rather than trying to figure out where the path is going, or to make my own path, I've found that just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other will get me to where I'm supposed to be/want to be alot faster. The Path will take care of itself, Trust in It, and focus on walking upright and smelling the flowers along the way.