My friend and I got talking about fate the other day. I don't believe in "fate" as in somebody or something has pre-destined me to do certain things, however I think that we can create a "fate" for ourselves, and for others.
Obviously decisions I make affect more than just me. Where I spend my money, who I talk to, what I say to them, these are just the more obvious things.
Suppose then in the future I will be faced with a decision. I have options A, B, and C.
I can do something that will eliminate possiblity A, and then somebody else can do something that will eliminate option C. Therefore B could end up being my only viable option.
Rather crude example I know. However, I think its analogues to evolution and the "Blind Watchmaker" idea Dawkins came up with.
There is no "fate" as an overriding being, or destiny. However, with every decision that we make, or don't make, we shape a kind of fate for ourselves. "Fate" like evolution, works with the environment and materials it has.
"Fate" is kind of flying by the seat of its pants. To imagine myself, and every living thing that has ever lived on this planet, as being the engine of fate is kind of inspiring, though its also extremely scary.