Fate - 命運 - Mìngyùn
and you will
~written by Deng Ming-Dao
Fate is a force which interferes with our lives, causing wreckage to pile up at the very worst moments. Yet, we seek to place blame upon the thing we call Fate, which is nothing more than the consequences of our own actions. Each time we act, we generate a set of ripples across the universe, an event-chain tied to us personally. The faster we seek to flee these links, the quicker they follow. They cannot be severed; each subsequent action binds us further.
The operative element in all of this is time. The events of the past are the curse. Beginners of Tao are taught to manipulate the past, present, and future, finding insight in the changing circumstances and learning to take advantage of life in flux. The more advanced practitioners of Tao eschew this manipulative process. They obliterate all regard for the past, present, and future as mere definitions, in order to negate the concept of Fate itself.
The greatest test is attaining a state where the past no longer weighs upon the present, and there is no future yet to be determined. Followers of Tao must seek a profound merging with Tao. The follower then acts no different than Tao. Fate will no more oppose them, for they have become existence; they are causality - such is Tao itself.