April 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves

Published : Thursday, 04 June, 2015 11:18 AM

IIMs and top B schools have replaced GD with WAT which has been described as Written Ability Test or Academic Writing Test or Written Analysis Test (WAT )

But has become a tool to test MBA aspirant on assessing overall communication skills and personality hence,  it is also equally important and crucial component of MBA admission selection process.
Develop points for discussion and read WAT topic:

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves

There are two perspectives of looking at life, one is to focus on the self and ascribe all the actions, results and consequences to the efforts of the self. The other is to take away the primacy of self, and ascribe all consequences to the 'external'. The external includes the stars, the field of astrology and anything but the self.

There are people who are firm believers in astrology and consult astrologers to know about their stars before taking any major step in their lives. By doing so, they are misplacing their belief from the self to something external beyond their control.  The truth is that all decisions related to an individual's life is in his/ her own hands.

A person's life is defined by his/ her own actions and thought processes. The stars play very little role in it. Our destiny is governed not by stars but our own selves. Trusting the stars more than the self is a way of deflecting the agency of your life from your own self to something else. It is a convenient tool of removing the blame, in case things don't work out, from yourself to the alignment of stars.

Not just this, even the credit for a good action or a favourable result is deflected to the stars. Life cannot be lived this way. It might bring us temporary respite from the burden of responsibilities by relieving us of it mentally but, ultimately, if you hurt a friend, it's not because of the stars but your own actions.

The choice to do good or bad lies firmly with you. You cannot escape your responsibility. Each one of us has the liberty to exercise our lives. Hence, stars don't fit into the scheme of things at all. Of course, there is an element of luck and the unknown but these are not major elements in a person's lives.

In India, especially, people have a tendency to hand over the strings their lives to someone or something exterior, be it god, stars, or something else. The reality is that you make your own fate. It largely depends on the amount of hard work you put in, the way you deal with circumstances, the way you turn challenges into opportunities and, thereby, shape your fate, your life and your destiny.

It is your actions that determine the kind of life you will lead and the results you will get. Only those who shirk work and are lazy, take the shield of stars, instead of standing up for themselves and their lives. Those who have complete faith in themselves will never hold anyone or anything else responsible for everything that happens in their lives.

Therefore, the real star is YOU. It is important to take control of your lives and stop finding a scapegoat to relieve yourself.

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