Originally Posted by wsabol
It could be both. For a long time I believed we all had a finite set of possible paths and destinies predetermined by *insert omnipresent being of you choice*. Though an individual's choices and freewill, he/she would follow one of these paths to one of his/her possible destinies. EDIT: By "destiny", I mean the "place" in your life, the state of you person, that you settle into as life progresses... call it your socio-economic status, actualization, nirvana, or whatever. Obviously death is the last thing we will all experience, but that fact we are all going to die has nothing to do with the choices we make, let alone freewill, its just life.
Further thought on the "paths" we take...Perhaps our fate is pre-destined, but our free agency decides which path we take to get there. Making a series of bad choices followed by good ones can theoretically get you to the same point, but making all the "correct" choices (whatever those might be) can get you to the same point quicker - but you may not have learned as much along the way.