Essay No. 5:
Man Is The Architect Of His Own Fate: There is no doubt about the fact that man makes or mars his own fate. Fate does not make the man. It is a man who greatly architects his fate. Man according to the Holy Quran is the superior creation of Allah, endowed with reason and intellect. He can reason things well and can arrive at a definite conclusion.
When he is surrounded by unfavorable circumstances, he tries to overpower them through his reason and will-power. Unfavorable conditions can persist for sometimes but not forever. Man has been able to conquer nature greatly. Nature does create resistance, but resistance is temporary. A ship, when caught in the tide of the sea, experiences great turbulence, but it is fitted with the mechanism to offset the unfavorable effects of sea tide.
The ship continues floating on the surface of the sea and when the tide recedes it starts moving in its direction. It is the will and determination of man which has enabled him to overcome the forces of nature. The Mount Everest and other peaks which defied a man to scale them in the past, have now rendered themselves to the reach and grasp of man. The moon has been conquered and man has been able to put his feet on it.
Similarly, other spatial bodies are now within the reach of man’s conquer. Man is out to discover the secrets of nature. He wishes to tame nature for his advantage. Indeed man is the nucleus of the world. He is supreme, and all other things are subordinate to his determination, courage and will-power.
If man were not the master of his own fate, he would not have succeeded in annihilating early distances through the discovery of the wheel. He is after now mastering the secrets of outer space to transport him into space to experience a new mode of living. Man wishes to exploit the resources of nature through continuous research and development in the realm of technology.
He has made the best use of his intellect. That is why he has access to modern conveniences of living. That shows the writ of man lies in his own hands. He is not a playful tool in the hands of fate. He shapes his own fate in the world.
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Shakespeare supports this view. One of the characters in ‘Julius Caesar’ addresses Brutus by saying: ‘Fault lies not in our stars, but in our own selves that we are underlings’. It is a realistic observation. Stars are powerless to determine the fate of human beings. It is a different matter that those who possess a weak will fall prey to superstitions and begin to ascribe their failures to external forces of nature.
If a candidate fails in the CSS examination, he would blame the examiner for setting a tough paper or card marking. He would not like to identify his own shortcomings. That means, man to a great extent is escapist by nature. He passes on his failure to stars, which are simply incapable of influencing the course of human action.
Man is the master of his own destiny. It is he who makes or unmakes it. So a man should stop blaming stars rather he should consciously try to spot out his weaknesses to overcome them. That is the best course for a man to adopt. Let us not make ourselves a scapegoat of escapism.
The nations which have the guts to recognize the ground realities are able to resolve their problems on the earth. Our society should develop an attitude of realism if it wishes its survival in the world.