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Monday Moaning: Determining Free Will
Last week and the week before that I was listening to a talk about ‘free will’. Rather or not we do or do not have it. Now in between all the terminology you can easily get lost. I will try and keep it simple. And give you a opinion of my own.
One thing that we have created is time and no mater what we do it moves on and forward. So we can only move on or maybe have a side step. On this principal I created this opinion.
Free will. The choices that are giving to us through out life, does it truly exist. Or is life as we know it pre written like a book or maybe even based on a scientific principal, cause and effect. With a fair warning that this opinion of mine may include religious ideas. In the end we all do like to think or make ourselves believe we have free will when living our life.
Cause and effect is the most used by those who think we do not have any kind of will or choice. Though it does make you wonder when a person kills woman. Killing those woman is than an effect from an earlier cause. So what if the cause he kills is his mother. What did she do to create such an effect that caused him to kill woman. It is ridiculous thinking and maybe a way to shove guilt away.
It is that example that created some sense of moral beliefs we might as well have created and one has a choice to do right or wrong. The same as we were taught. Our world is build on that fact that we can hold some accountable or their wrong doings.
So who is right is there a right and wrong in this story. If you could choose or have a choice what would it be. If you do not have a choice why are we reading this and even have an opinion. Yes it is freaky to explore, but trying it anyway.
We know how some argue that free will has been given to us by God. Why else were we stupid enough, or was it a mistake made by God, that we chose to eat from the forbidden fruit. That is if the story is true. So mistake or meant to be.
The next I am about to say might please religion, though it is still a scientific approach. And I think it isn’t one or the other, I think it is a combination of things to make it difficult.
One thought I said is that ’cause and effect’ thing. But in order to have a cause and effect we need at least two parameters. Just laying down a marble on the floor won’t do anything. If that was the beginning of time. just the mass of the marble is not enough. It needs that second parameter. A movement or another mass. Yet again just putting it by its side won’t do nothing.
Just thinking about it that it needs movement and other masses in order to create a bang or effect it is clear something or someone had to have created them in he first place. Kind of like the chicken and the egg.I am not calling it Allah or God, it is a higher power.
When this is said one like me would argue this higher being never gave us free will. And so we made it up. We might have even created stories to make sense of how things were created or came together. That is if cause and effect got us this far in time. The rest is just as it happened.
But what if I tell you we do have some choices in life or free will. It is a harsh reality check maybe and not everyone would agree. But it is this kind of opinion that translates in other opinion that can change my views. This is what a conversation does and philosophising.
My opinion is that we are like our navigator system in our car. We know where we started, we were born after all. Which was not by our own free choice but is more a cause and effect kind f thing. It does not make us less loved as the effect might have been chosen. That is the beginning. Our navigation system also has a finish put n. Our destination. To us living humans that would be death.
It is simple to say life is like a navigator systems but in the end they might show us the way to go it is not said we need to follow its directions. It is that forward going never knowing when you hit the end of the line. So how much can we choose when it comes to life. can we say when we hit the finish line. We can however side step on occasion on our own free will, while still have the finish line laid out pre-ordered.
So what is true. Do we have free will. Is everything predetermined or is it a mixture of. One thing we can say if it was predetermined something must have made it all happen in the first place. If so it can also argue why we created a story in order to explain what we could not understand. It is also than most likely done by those who have questioned our existence. Philosophy is not dead yet and might well be live on in the words written down.
This might be considered controversial thinking but what of it. I can’t say I am right, though I might not be wrong either.
We might be in controle of our own strings until they are cut.
What do you think, do we have free will? How is it all created? Is there a single truth to this? And how far back do we have to go back to uncover the truth? Just some question for a Monday Moaning. Let us be sure to have some coffee before we even consider answering as the topic is not the easiest.
Best of wishes.