Don't play with Fate Project by Justin Fouts

The comic book series, "Watchmen," leaves the readers hanging in the last cell of the story. Rorschach's journal ended up on the cluttered desk of Seymour, a nobody newspaper column writer. All of the secrets and details of Adrian Veidt's morbid attempt to stop the world from blowing up were left entirely in Seymour's hands.

"What the hell am I supposed to write about now?" Seymour said to his desk covered in mounds of various conglomerations of papers and letters from readers. "The boss shut down my column trash talking Russia. Apparently we can't do that anymore." Shuffling through the clutter on his desk, he figured he should take a look at the diary that was anonymously mailed in the other day. Seymour soon realized that this was no diary. It was the scariest, and potentially the most valuable, journal in the world.

"Boss! Boss! You will not believe what I just read... The New York attack was no extraterrestrial intervention. It was coordinated by Adrian Veidt. He was the one who murdered millions of Americans! Do you realize what a story like this could for our paper? It would really put us on the map, up there with the big dogs!"

The next morning, a wave of fear, anger, and revolt swept the nation as people from across the country read the headlines. How could someone be so evil and heartless? Adrian Veidt had destroyed New York City in cold blood, and he needed pay the price for it.

The infamous red phone rang in the Oval Office. "Mr. President, the Kremlin is on the emergency line," said the Secretary of Defense. The President's hand shook as he raised the phone to his clammy cheek. He knew exact;y what the Russian President was going to tell him.

"You foolish Americans. You think your self-inflicted destruction can trick us into pitying your dreadful country. I called to tell you that our missile systems are already rearmed and ready to deploy with the touch of a button. You know what...tell Veidt thank you for me, would you? He helped us Russians realize how full of shit you Americans really are. I hope you're good with God Mr. President."

Watchmen poses a very important question: Who are we to try and combat fate? Adrian Veidt recognized that the world was destined for nuclear destruction, so he try to take fate into his own hands and "save the world." But as we saw, not even all the money, brains, and power can stop fate.

In case you haven't seen any movies with time travel, the protagonists are always trying to go back in time to prevent some terrible thing from destroying the future. But [SPOILER ALERT!], fate finds a way to fight back and correcting itself, even when people try to intervene.

With the topic of fate always comes the argument of predestination. One might say that Adrian's evil plan was predestined, and that his plan was the tipping point that sent the world into total nuclear warfare. Others might say that Russia was going to flex its nuclear powers anyways. Veidt's plan would have only been slight deviation that was overturned by fate after all.

In conclusion, Watchmen shows us that fate is something that can't be ultimately affected by humans. We can try to change the future, but fate will always overpower us. Just like your mother told you as a kid to not play with fire, DON'T PLAY WITH FATE.

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