I can only conclude that this reasoning is specious at best, for none can see the future of paths we do not take.
“I happen to believe that one of the reasons I was put on this earth was so that our paths would cross,” Carrie cries.
Some moms bake apple pie—others use their kids as paths to power, slap them, and have public meltdowns.
Old English paþ, pæþ "path, track," from West Germanic *patha- (cf. Old Frisian path, Middle Dutch pat, Dutch pad, Old High German pfad, German Pfad "path"), of unknown origin. The original initial -p- in a Germanic word is an etymological puzzle. Watkins says the word is "probably borrowed (? via Scythian) from Iranian *path-," from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go, pass" (cf. Avestan patha "way;" see find (v.)), but this is too much of a stretch for OED and others. In Scotland and Northern England, commonly a steep ascent of a hill or in a road.