"When Ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful."
In a nutshell, the Great Debate can be resumed simply within the following two statements; "Everything is predetermined" and "You always have a choice via your thoughts". The first factors in that nothing is a coincidence, while the other promotes opportunities for growth.
Although I have argued for both sides in the recent past, yesterday though, I found myself searching for the bridge between these two schools of perception. So, I asked the Universe for a solution before I fell asleep last night and this morning, I received the answer in the form of an astrology reading forwarded in an email by a good friend.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): One of the chapter titles in my most recent book
is this: "Ever since I learned to see three sides to every story, I'm finding
much better stories." I'm recommending that you find a way to use this
perspective as your own in the coming weeks, Leo. According to my
analysis of the astrological omens, it's crucial that you not get stuck in an
oppositional mode. It would be both wrong and debilitating to believe that
you must choose between one of two conflicting options. With that in
mind, I will introduce you to a word you may not know: "trilemma." It
transcends a mere dilemma because it contains a third alternative.
Hmm...I like this clue because it brings this flat two dimensional conversation into the realm of a more rounded 3D visual image. This is more my cup of tea (no pun intended with the quote at the beginning of this post), since I like having a bird's eye view of the puzzle. If I understand the above correctly, there is a third option which, when connected with the other two, will offer a more complete picture of life's process.
All good! The Game is afoot...
For further research, please check out the following website:
The Game of Life (and How to Play it) by Florence Scovel Shinn