Free Will or Predeterminism?

fancy-freeI’ve placed my bet, I’ve made my choice.

The question is itself a testimony of free will. It exemplifies our ability to ask questions, examine choices, make decisions and take action; thereby making us accountable for the cause and effect of the choices we make.

In the absence of absolute proof that there is an omnipotent being who predetermined everything; in the absence of absolute proof that we are but an atom in the tight weave of an Unity that expands and regroups itself cyclically; and/or, in the absence of substantial reading to over complicate the topic, we can only go by what we can be certain of.

That is, that we are fully responsible for our actions and that whatever happens onto us only alters the choices we are able to make moving forward.

Choosing freewill over fatalism was liberating.

Fatalism seems to me to be a detached and far too comfortable approach to life. It’s almost the diabolus* of the non-believing mind. The logic onto which blame (own or otherwise) can be diverted in order to attain happiness.

Our capacity to use tools and lay blame elsewhere defines us… If only we could do so wisely.

*The ‘thrown across’.

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2 thoughts on “Free Will or Predeterminism?

  1. I thought the same way as you earlier today. And then I remembered that, while our ability to conceive of alternate choices goes a long way towards human empathy and imagination and whatnot, the whole thing about “…ability to ask questions, examine choices, make decisions and take action; thereby making us accountable for the cause and effect of the choices we make” cannot be taken to mean that free will exists. Maybe those questions, choices, decisions, and actions had no choice but to happen even despite us being able to imagine alternatives.

    • Hi there, well, that would imply that the choice was predetermined, taking away our responsabilities as well as assuming there is a higher order (or being) that already made a given, immutable order. A big assumption to make. It almost takes away our reason for being human, why exist if we are not in possession of free will?

      It also seems to me like a comfy argument for diverting the responsability for our choices and actions onto Fate. (Or an escapist approach to diluting the painful results of events outside our control).

      It’s strange but the question itself seems like the result of thinking by people that were ok with the assumptions that Determinism is built on.

      For instance, is Fate a being? A fixed universal order? Are we part of that being or order, isolated in a human/material experience that restricts our ability to know about the bigger picture?

      When so much crucial info is missing, I can’t think straight so I aim for the easy-peasy, back to basics, back to what I know for sure and I busk it from there.

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