Oriental And Occidental Perspectives Of Past And Destiny

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During the semester, we have analyzed and discussed about the oriental perspectives of life, and how this is been influenced nowadays by the media and the marketing. One of the things I recalled from class discussions and it really called my attention was the discussion between the professor and the young Spanish student about destiny, where the generational and cultural gap was clearly observable.
As we know, the way of thinking of a culture and the values they pursue are mostly related with the religion they profess and the most extended beliefs of the people that surround the person during the crucial years of childhood and adolescence. Destiny, in a Buddhist-related Chinese conception ...view middle of the document...

Chinese people also believe the happening of things to some people at some places to be the effect of a universal force governing.
"Have fate without destiny," a famous Chinese proverb related with these ideas: “yǒu yuán wú fèn” (有緣無份), is normally used to designate couples who do not for some reason stay together. Unlike other Chinese social relations, nowadays, the Chinese wouldn´t use this word in a situation related with business or legal.
Another concept about destiny, more related with the events that are going to happen in your live is "Shēng Chén Bā Zì"(生辰八字) which is the eight characters of birth time, also known as “The four pillars”. This is composed by the year, month, day, and hour of one person´s birth moment.
Nowadays, in our self-centered beliefs, the occidental youth is convinced there is no such a thing like destiny, and we don’t understand why we should work so hard if our future is already written. People like to believe that they have the freedom to choose to be or do whatever it is that they want to be or do; it is, however, quite the opposite. This sense of freedom is called self-determination.
Since we were kids, our parents in the western world used to tell us a bunch of stories like Abraham Lincoln’s, about how he studied by the light of one single candle (because his family was so poor) but rose up, conquered, and became...

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