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1st Things 1st [Life Wisdom]

The question that

“Is one in control of his destiny or are we going along a predefined path?”

 is a question that was never answered and still up for debate and most likely will not be answered anytime soon [Me being not a pessimist]. The matter of Choice and Chance has always been up for debate. One school of thought in fact tries to match the two together. It claims

“We are all going in a predefined path and we can’t change it. What we are in control over is the mental state and attitude we’ll be having along the way on this written journey”

That seems a bit challenging but lets just analyse the facts. Lets review the basics.

  1. We didn’t choose to be created. We just found ourselves conscious all of a sudden [One day]. We don’t recall anything before that day or this life; a clean slate. One might find it hard to believe that we are in control of something that we haven’t been part of in the first place. And one can define conscious with Descartes’ infamous proposition

    “Cognito ergo sum” / “Je pense, donc je suis”
    “I think therefor I am”

  2. We all want to be happy!!!
  3. We are literally minute compared to the entire world. If we consider size as a reference, the world is 510 Million square Kilometers while a single individual is like 2 square Meters tops. That like 1 in 520 Quintillion. If we take number as a reference that makes us 1 in 8 billion as of right now and 1 in 100 billion of all times. If we make time our reference a single man’s life time is 2.5 Nano unit of that of the world (if we referred to science). So no matter which reference we use as individuals we are insignificant.
  4. But we over value ourselves! We think the whole world revolves around us.
  5. There have been few who’ve impacted the world significantly. If we take Jesus Christ for example around 80% of the world knows him, around 50% of the world consider him as holy and around 30% of the world actually believes Him to be God.
  6. We all will die.

So we where created by God, Allah, Universe, Nature, The Maker, Big Bang…. Or to put it into a more politically correct way, we didn’t come to existence out of our own will. So, if that is the case, then that most probably means that another’s will is responsible for our presence on this world. Even though the identity of whose will it is that made us is debatable it also bring us to another question

“Why were we created?”

Now we come to Choice. We might not know who made us but we know that the will that made us either had an ill intention for us like the claim that we might be a laboratory experiment of a higher being or a good intention for us like the claim that we are destined for greatness and reunion with our maker. So now, we come across something that we can control, our thought, our choice. We can choose to think that we were made out of bad will and live out our lives with anger, sorrow, misery, hopelessness, worthlessness and powerlessness or we can chose to think we were made out of great will and live our with love, faith and hope.

But what if there is no such thing as The Maker. Well this is understood in seeking a somehow interesting answer to the question that is to do with what is going to happen in the afterlife. If you don’t believe their is a Maker and if that is the case and there is no Maker meaning no afterlife, then you will not get the chance to say I told you so. But… If you still don’t believe in the existence of a Maker and if He really did exist meaning there is an afterlife after all you most probably be “literally” doomed and there might be people saying “I told you so” for eternity.

So, with the jokes aside, I chose to believe about a Maker that has great will for his works of arts, vis-a-vis US. And that will I call Love. Love is a maker by itself. It is “creat”ive, It is growth. And if we see through the fiber of our society, you’ll find love to be its foundation. It is the fabric for marriage, family, community, society, nation. Love is constructive, it’s building and ever expanding. And there lies our significance.

“The sum of the parts is greater than the whole” 

“You + You = You Squared”

Where as hate? It is destructive to a point of self destruction. Notice why people usually kill themselves. Mostly they commit suicide because they convinced themselves that they are not worthy of existence. That’s self destruction. That’s self hate. And how you train you mind decides whether your mind is your ally or enemy.

“The mind makes a wonderful servant, but a terrible master”

So I finish up by advising you to always think and while thinking, shape your thoughts through love. Always ask yourselves.


Dagmawi Bedilu

Dagmawi Bedilu is an aspiring Entrepreneur, Software Engineer, Game Designer and a Game-Thinking Activist with an appetite for both, Science and Arts. He has worked as a Senior Software Architect for Ethiopia’s biggest IT Company, designing and developing Location-Based Systems. As an entrepreneur, he has founded the social enterprise and co-founded the game-thinking company Chewata Awaqi. In 2017 and in 2019 , he was a speaker at the Gamescom in Cologne and A Maze in Berlin, Germany. He is now a Project Coordinator and Game Thinking Lead for the ambitions Afro-futuristic project, EnterAfrica, where 15 Teams from 15 African Countries with 15 Visions come together to reimagine their Cities’ future through 15 Games, thus planting the seed for the start of an African Creative Gaming Industry. Dagmawi has one vision “Selling Joy in Jars”. He describes himself the real jack of all trades, an observer and traveler of time. A true believer of Love, Light, Luck, Life and… Laughter :)

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