I heard someone say that title sentence this morning and was bothered by it. My problem was and is that there is no destiny in becoming a sage, as implied in that statement. It isn’t some kind of cosmic principle that foreordained this kind of future event for you. Becoming a sage isn’t something inevitable like the Sun rising tomorrow morning because the Earth is rotating. Those kinds of events are inevitable, at least in human experience, but becoming a sage is a humanly difficult and rare event and it is the opposite of inevitable.
Becoming an acknowledged sage requires a keen natural intellect combined with an exposure to a complex human society and its seemingly unresolvable problems and the desire and ability to find and express workable and understandable solutions for living people to cope with those problems. Not only finding and doing these difficult things but being acknowledged by a fickle society for doing them well. Also, the sage’s ideas must be promoted by community leaders for the sagelike activities to be acknowledged and the person elevated to sagehood. It takes a lot of dedication and thoughtful efforts for a person to become a sage.
Many people have expressed all of those qualities and are still rejected because of arbitrary political events.
Sages are those people who are acknowledged for creating a special emotional relationship with the Universe that other people can believe, can trust, and can follow.
However, we are all encouraged to be the sage we can be.