How can we know what acts are due to our free will and what are due to destiny??
[/B]You can't actually define destiny because all attempts to determine what is and what is not will ultimately end with, "well this could have been your destiny." So even trying to escape destiny ends up with THAT being your destiny.
If you ask me, it is a stupid word, that should be left to stripper names and transvestites. (no offense to either)
The only true way you would be able to claim a destiny is to have it somehow placed before you, but that would mean your life was then already preset and you were just acting out situations that you have absolutely no control over. If you have no control then everything you do is no longer your responsibility. If you were a murderer then you shouldn't be punished what so ever because it was your destiny and you were just fulfilling it. However no one would ever let you off on such an argument. Which only goes to show that people really don't believe in destiny even though they will toss the word around like it means something.
If destiny is real then you really couldn't escape it otherwise it wouldn't be destiny. But as far as free will goes, it is just a made up concept. We have the illusion of choice but really many decisions you have to make are beyond your ability to actually decide. Such as eating, you don't have the choice to never eat again. Well if you try you will die, you might call that a choice but what I am saying, is that you do not have the choice to live and never eat. So how free will are you really?
Another way to look at it is this. You don't have the option to not feel something. Your body does not obey your every command. It often does things far out of your control, so where is the free will in this? You also don't have free will to affect your environment, sure certain things can be done but very few options are available.
If you really truly examine your world, you will realize that even the choices you make are influenced by chemical responses in your brain. Boredom, sexual desire, apathy, ect are simulations that effect your actions and behavior. When you are bored, you seek out entertainment, some stranger than others. When you are sexually frustrated you seek out sexual fulfillment, some stranger than others. When you are apathetic you refuse to seek out anything and just like the others, it's sometimes stranger than others.
If you would rather just imagine that you have some destiny then how much reality are you really dealing with?