Here's an interesting idea I had today. Not trying to say it's true necessarily, just found it interesting and thought I should post it. It's adapted from an msn conversation (heh), so the style is probably a tad odd. :) We may be destined to live, but if we're stupid and make a choice to jump off a bridge into a pit of lava the predestination to live goes away. In effect the present changes the past as well as the future. I mean... Your destiny might be to kill the president, that might be your preordained fate and destiny; But if before you kill the president you do something stupid based on the fact that you are preordained to kill the president (EG you cut off your limbs and leap into the sea, thinking you can't die until you've killed the president), the predestination changes so that it was never preordained in the first place and another set of fates takes its place, and the new set is usually the old set with slight changes. So at the end of time (assuming there is one, which I doubt) we can look back and say that everything that happened was preordained, and that would be true from that standpoint. But from a point before then, what was preordained might be different, but some slight stupidity screw-ups chang it before the end of time. Basically the past and future are preordained, but the present is not- the present influences past and future, so what is preordained actually changes based on decisions in the present.