The Alchemist

Perhaps it is at this point that we have to understand that fate works in tandem with our desires to fulfill our needs, dreams and aspirations. Indeed Melchizedek suggests that “at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.” (Coelho, 1988 pg 19). What is most amazing is the fact that we have to submit to the forces of nature and let them control us despite our ability to shape our destinies. He further says that “all events are fated in some way. That could be a short term fate relating to decisions recently made or through some higher power and unseen force. I don’t have control over the events.” By telling Santiago to discover his personal legend or what he always wanted to achieve the tale develops a central philosophy that is strongly explained in the book. Melchizedek says that ‘when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’ (Coelho 1988, pg 22) this is similar to the philosophy of free will that through some higher unseen force, all events are fated. This could also be easily compared to the theory of attraction or the secret of life, that the more you want something, the more you become attracted to it and therefore the easier you achieve or get it. All these theories have been developed around the philosophy of Melchizedek.

In examining the conflict between natural and human love and human and human love we realize that love has is a true illustration of our day to day lives. Natural love or the love between man and nature is surely stronger than the love between two human beings. This generally is demonstrated by the way one can decide to pursue his own personal legend or natural purpose for which he/she was created. Man and the environment are one and the same. The book cites that “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love…the love that speaks the Language of the World” (Coelho, 1988, pg 122).

Man takes real good care of his environment than the way he takes care of his fellow human being. For instance Santiago realizes that the desert is so kind to the Alchemists falcon because it gives it game or wild animals. The falcon then directs the human beings to where these animals are and he uses them as food. The human being shows love to the desert when he dies because he gets reintegrated with the desert sands.

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