It’s fate to live in this specific time. It’s fate when we are born into a nationality. It’s fate when we are raised in a wealthy family. It’s fate because we have no control over the development of these events.
But character is not luck, chance, or destiny. Character is a learned attribute. No one is born with good character. It’s a skill that anyone can develop.
“It’s just the way I am,” is not an excuse for poor character. Because it’s not fate’s fault for where we are today. Our weakness of character is what causes us to act against our will.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” – William Shakespeare (Julius Cesar)
Fate is what we begin with – what we inherit. Yet, it is character that determines how this journey will go.