I have free will, to choose, to do, to think… Don’t I?
Day by day, hour by hour I make decisions.
I look at the options, weigh up the alternatives, measure the tangibles and feel my desires, then I make a decision because…
I have Free Will!! I do! I can feel myself make the decision.
It’s how it feels to me.
As I make any decision, from if I should have my fifth coffee for the day to which colour to have my new hovercraft in, I have the Free Will to make my decision based on my desires and judgements. This is how it feels to me, Damn it! I have Free Will.
Maybe there is no free will.
I’ve read, watched and listened to a variety of publications explaining, with well referenced examples of the falsehood of our beliefs in Free Will. Recently I downloaded a copy of Free Will by Sam Harris which I will happily admit, I’m a little nervous to start reading.
Knowing the falsehood of Free Will.
I’ve lived my whole life living in a society which says I have the ability to create any future I desire simply by making a decision, then acting on it. This doesn’t seem to be the case and the reverse is true.
What seems to be happening is I’m acting out a life based on the cascade of events which has lead me to this moment and any decision I make is based on the sum total of all the previous events in my existence. I have no choice but to act as I am. Therefore I have no free will, just the illusion of it.
The real issue isn’t, do I have or not have Free Will, but more, how do I deal with the intelligent understanding of the reality of ‘No Free Will’. I feel like I can make a decision using Free Will and determine the things in my life, to have some control and sense of order over it. But this seems to be a falsehood and contradictory to the reality of ‘No Free Will’.
How do I reconcile this?
I don’t know but I think it’s about Acceptance and I hope to inspire that.
As we develop this site I’m intending to delve deeper and deeper into this topic, to explore what’s going on and how that impacts us on our normal every day routine along with the major challenges in life.