The given quotation is more of an exhortation than a universal truth. Shakespeare’s words: ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness; and on some greatness is thrust, come. nearer to practical experience and truth. Those who achieve greatness through self-efforts are really the architects of their fates.
If we turn over the pages of history, we shall find that some. persons of humble origin, have risen to great heights and achieved name and fame. Take the example of Abraham Linchon. He was born in a log cabin. He did not know even to read and write till the age of twenty one. But by dint of his hard work and courage, he became the greatest President of Amerika. His greatness has be summed up in noble words of praise: He was first in peace, first in war; and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Neopolean, an orphan boy, became the emperor and C-in-C of French army. He was industrious and brave; and conquered half of Europe. Henry Ford an ordinary man, became the richest man by his untiring efforts. Ramsay Macdonald a newspaper boy, became the Prime Minister of England. He built his own carrier. Bernard Shaw owned his success in life to his ambition and will Power.
A man may aspire to be a politician, a reformer, a social worker, an industrialist or a great literary figure. He can reach the top of the ladder if he is sincere and hard worker. Will power should be his chisel and industry’, his hammer. He does not blame his stars. It is not child’s play to attain one’s goal, nor a miracle that can be achieved suddenly. He has to fight against adverse circumstances, great odds and setbacks. Great mountains are overcome through perseverance.
No doubt man is not a determinist. He can change his fate if he has faith in his mission. He can. to some extent, shape his own destiny. It is correct that man proposes and God disposes. The saying- God helps those who help themselves, comes nearer to the saying.. Man is architect of his fate. No body can deny that destiny governs the lot of man. Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own’. Many qualified men strive their best, but humble is their lot. Moreover, sometimes, chance plays an important part in man’s life. A practical man always keeps in his mind:
‘I am master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
According to conventional wisdom
‘What fate imposes, that man needs abide
It boots not to resist both wind and tide’(Shakespeare)