A Conscious Universe
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A grand plan, guiding individual lives along a predetermined string, a string that is unable to be deviated from. It has been called many things, ‘destiny’, ‘god’s will’, ‘determinism’, and ‘fate’ among them. While its names and specific parameters vary, a universal concept unites all these disparate ideas. That of a conscious, personal force that guides the workings of the universe for some purpose, no matter how incomprehensible that purpose may be. This concept has reappeared throughout human works of all time periods and regions, and the medieval Middle East and Europe are certainly no exceptions.