Of course they can! <br />
The people out there who believe that there is higher power controlling their ultimate fate and destiny are the ones who are too weak to take control or responsibility for their actions. They are always keen to lay the blame for their own bad decisions, or even indecisions, with "Fate" or "its my Destiny to always be miserable". <br />
There is no such thing as Fate or Destiny......the future is not fixed...... its mostly within your own gift to change it.
Influence yes. Control no.
very much so
The big picture of your life is unpredictable. You're always changing and so are the people, places, and opportunities around you. Self-fufilling prophecies usually only works on a short-term small-scale anyway.
I absolutely think that people can control their own destiny.<br />
They can choose to join in illegal activities ... or not!<br />
They can choose to get a good education ... on their own -- or not!<br />
They can choose to remain in a bad personal relation -- or get out of it!<br />
They can choose to live in a given city, state, country, ... or not.<br />
The list of possible choices is nearly endless -- and one has the free will to choose, or not choose to partake of any opportunity!<br />
I shall climb down from my soapbox, now.<br />
Control is an illusion, but we can maintain life.
If other meddlers would stop interfering then yes
Not completely, because there are other people in the world doing their best to control things, too.