Personally i am a firm believer in determinism,over feel will.Everything from the clothes we wear to who we become,to choices we make and influences we have in our lives,all come down to a series of factors,such as where we are born,where we live geographically etc.We arent as individual as we think we are.
The thought that we are the only planet with"intellegent" life,is also all down to the universe and determinism,our position from the sun,and mathematical probability that this planet was able to support ecological environments,which lead to our creation,through evolution.
Who is to say there isnt other influences in our daily lives?and who can say that those factors arent due to the influence of "other life".
In the entirety of the universe,we need to see the bigger picture,we shouldnt be so confident to assume we know everything there is to know,break through in science and discoveries,are a daily occurance.We are at this moment,simply gathering information,we simply do not know.
If i were too this second take into consideration,religion,world religions,all of those holy books,have some form "Beyond their ability",at the time period,technologies,some of which we still use today in modern life.How did they know?where they visited?Did the stargazing of our ancestors,reveal clues of what is too come in modern times?Did men such as Nostradamus,through alchemy and earth sciences,indeed reveal a common thread,a connection mapped in the stars,which lead him to some significant understanding our place in the "grand scheme" since the birth of the universe?
Perhaps we,among other universe and solar systems beyond our reach,are being influenced,by those every beings who were there since the Big bang,who are the oldest beings in our universe,who have a predetermined plan for the human race.
We are barely infants in the earth,time as we perceive it is terms of plants and suns,we as a race are a grain of sand in the hourglass of time,past present and future.
We may not be enslaved,but we may not know all the facts,we may not know just what is ahead of us,we simply cant understand how we will evolve of if we will be here in hundreds,thousands,or indeed millions of years time.Perhaps we are due to evolve,as a race.