• To live in the universe of high modernity is to live in an environment of chance and risk, the ineveitable concomitants of a system geared to the domination of nature and the reflexive making of history. Fate and destiny have no formal part to play in such a system, which operates (as a matter of principle) via what I shall call open human control of the natural and social worlds.

    Anthony Giddens (2013). “Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age”, p.113, John Wiley & Sons
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