Turning to emerging markets for long-term growth can be a savvy business
strategy—as long as companies can overcome the challenges associated
with setting up shop in these areas.
Michael Barbella • Managing Editor
The choices we make by accident are just as important as the choices we
make by design.—Anonymous.
Mankind has always been curious about his place in the cosmos. Since the dawn of time, he has struggled—un- successfully—to understand the meaning of life and the
very purpose of his existence, to attach some sort of significance to
his own creation (or, as Darwinists would argue, evolution).
In his quest to unravel the Big Mystery, however, man has uncovered an even greater conundrum—the role of fate/destiny and
choice/free will in the Grand Scheme of Life. The word“destiny,”de-rived from the Middle English term“destinee,” refers to a pre-de-termined course of events relegated by some“irresistible power or
agency,”according to Merriam-Webster. Primitive civilizations assigned various identities to this“power or agency,”ranging from the
Moirai (Greek), the Parcae (Roman) and the Norns (Norse).
Throughout the ages, philosophers, playwrights, scholars, authors,
politicians and actors as well as ordinary citizens have chosen sides
in the epic battle between two dichotic beliefs—one that claims our
lives are pre-destined, that Fate maps out a blueprint for each of us
at birth, and another that contends we shape our own lives by the
choices we make, that we are masters of our own destinies.
In her book“Destiny vs. Choice,”author Marie D. Jones contends
that humans possess the ability behaviorally to make both good and
bad choices, and therefore, have some say in their own life’s path.
“We humans know we have free will. The founding father of politi-
cal philosophy, Thomas Hobbes, states that freedom is the ability to
do what we wish without hindrance or constraint,”Jones wrote in a
2010 Web article.“Yet over thousands of years, we have battled with
the sense that both destiny and free will or choice play a huge role
in our lives, and certainly in how the world around us came to be. If
we are honest with ourselves, many of us do feel called, as if we have
a path, or a destiny, that we are moving towards. When we ignore
that path, or deviate from it, we are unhappy and dissatisfied. When
we feel on path and on purpose, life flows. And yet, always, we have
choices. The choice to walk that path, to not walk it, to run or skip or
bike it. There may be one destination we are moving towards, but we
get to choose the route by which we get there.”
Sometimes though, that route can take some unexpected twists
Consider the backstory of Autocam Medical, for instance. Thomas
O’Mara will contend that his company’s decision to enter the Brazil-
ian medical device market was more intentional than accidental. But
it also could be argued that destiny, or perhaps fate, influenced that
decision as well.
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