I usually end all of my e-mails with a quote: you can only delay the inevitable. My quotation is simply saying that the inevitable will occur, but one can postpone it.
One of my friends has constantly debated me on the issue. He said that if you could delay what was inevitable, then the inevitability mentioned wasn’t really inevitable.
Definition of Inevitable
According to dictionary.com, the inevitable is something that cannot be avoided, evaded, or escaped. It is also something that will happen and is unalterable.
In context, the inevitable is what one could consider an “end.” How someone gets to that end is another issue.
Delay the Inevitable?
If the inevitable is unavoidable, can’t one at least delay or postpone it? If the inevitable is death, couldn’t someone try to live their life so that their life was prolonged, thus delaying death?
Ah, that might be the case unless a bus broadsides you at high speed destroying your plan.
My friend would argue that the inevitable is something that you have no control over, so how can one delay what he has no control over?
My Stance on Delaying the Inevitable
I think there are two forms of inevitability: the inevitable that we as humans control, and the inevitable that God controls.
An example of inevitability for humans would be changing out a car. I will inevitably buy a new car, but the longer I drive my current one only delays the inevitable.
An example of inevitability for God would be: allowing a storm to flood my car, thus speeding my search for a new car. In this case, God’s inevitability overruled my delay.
So in the context of the world, I believe humans can control what is inevitable, but God can (and will) take the reins at any moment.
Any thoughts on delaying the inevitable?