Fatalism is tricky. One for its meaning being widely misunderstood and two for how pernicious it is to those who have unwittingly embraced it.
While its name may engender some confusion, fatalism does not mean one eagerly awaits death- however it may be the death of hope, achievement, and satisfaction. Fatalism derives its name from the fabled fates who spun the future of mere humans who were powerless to change the outcome.
Fatalism typically manifests itself in the belief that no matter what one does the die has been cast leaving us powerless to change the outcome. It hinges largely in the belief of Predeterminism- that all events have been established in advance.
Such ideologies may sound absurd in today’s society that exalts technology, science, and rational thought. However, regardless of our educational pedigree, intellect, or even good intentions we can find ourselves embracing this dark philosophy. Fatalism triumphs over those who believe in it.
Here are just a few examples of fatalistic thinking.
- “It would have turned out this way regardless”.
- “Nothing can be done, so why try?”
- “HECM endorsements will never improve.”
- “There’s no way I could do that. It just wouldn’t work.”
- “Why bother making the call? They’re just going to say no anyway.”
Negativity and fatalism are close cousins and sap our faith, hope, and perseverance which begs the question- how does one steer clear of fatalistic thinking?
Here are a few ways to avoid fatalism
- Find positive friends who inspire and uplift you. This is the crowd you want to spend time with, share your ideas and plans with, and ask feedback from.
- Change your diet. Not food- but what you watch on television, read online, and listen to. Write down what your typical routine is and look back to see if any reinforce a negative perception.
- Exercise. Moving and getting your heart rate up is the easiest and cheapest antidepressant available. Whether you walk, run, or use a treadmill to get active.
- Drop off Facebook and Twitter for a week or longer. Much of what you see in your timeline is either (1) negative, or (2) fake.
- Read inspirational books or quotes to feed the soul.
In conclusion, it can be said that fatalism can be fatal to your hopes, dreams, and achievements. The trick is to identify it and steer clear.