We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.
Arnold Toynbee (August 23, 1852 - March 9, 1883) was a British economic historian also noted for his social commitment and desire to improve the living conditions of the working class.