1 Destiny can be looked at from two perspectives: one is of fate and the other is of physical life.
2 Since ancient times most intellectuals, among all peoples in all countries, focused on fate. They believe that everyone has a specific destiny, the so-called “fatalism.”
3 When a baby is born, people believe the baby’s life has been predestined. They believe in allowing nature to run its course, and therefore, do not think that they need to work hard in order to excel or strive. They let heaven determine their fates. Were those people born in an agrarian society during times of peace, it would not have been a problem.
4 But had they been born in an industrial or technological society, it would have been dangerous because they would have become outdated and replaced by others.
5 Since we live in the highly scientific era, we should strive toward heaven, beginning within ourselves. To strive within oneself is to create one’s own fate.
6 People reincarnate in the three realms  continuously. Only those who make big vows to save the world and rescue people can leap beyond the wheel of reincarnation from the three realms.
7 This is a very dangerous age. If everyone relies on the thought of letting nature take its course, not knowing how to run toward good fortune and away from danger, there is no telling what one’s destiny will turn out to be.
8 Now, let us take a look at physical life. A person’s life is very short. An ancient adage states that a “human life is as short as the dewdrops in the early morning.” He vanishes from the Earth after only a few decades.
9 As I observe the people of this world today; they work hard every day for their living and for their careers. Everyone is pursuing fame and wealth and coveting material pleasures. They live the same lifestyle day after day until they die.
10 How is this kind of life different from plants and animals? What is the meaning of human life and where is the value of life?
Kazan Kai Kan (Kazan Conference Center), Tora no Mon, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 19, 1983
 The "three realms" in the Lord of Universe Church refer to the realms of heaven, human world and underworld.