May 06, 2008 5:25 AM GMT
Does anyone here believe in "meaningful coincidences"? As in everything you do in your life and all the things that happens to you has a meaning in the grand scheme of things? I'm not talking about fate, where all your actions are predetermined. I'm talking about something more along the lines of determinism, where wikipedia defines it as "the philosophical proposition that every event, including human cognition and behaviour, decision and action, is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences." There is a Japanese term that comes up alot in a manga series I read; a concept called "hitsuzen." The series, XXXholic (no, it's not hentai ;P), describes it as the idea that an action is inevitable because without it, other related events in the future could not happen. Therefore all decisions and actions are related, and there can be no coincidence, only hitsuzen. What are your thoughts?