posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 03:01 AM
We do have free will, though it is very finite and easily drained. We run on autopilot throughout most daily routines, requiring little to no
willpower. Willpower, which enables free will, could be thought to be like a "mana bar" in a video game; we can "cast" will power and impose our
will in our decision making, though as a result some of our willpower is drained. Will increases with practice and exercise, as does any mental or
physical muscle, though untrained willpower often robs lives of free will.
Basically, whether we have free will depends on how often we execute our willpower. Some people are very in control of their lives and decisions,
others less so. It's a hard, unending journey, but one worth embarking on.
As for the concept of a divine plan, I doubt there is any way to really know. I have pondered whether this has all happened before and we've simply
returned to this time period to witness or change our fate. I also think of time as an unending timeline which forks every time a decision is made.
Minor decisions/events bearing little to no impact obvious do not stray us from the main path for long, if at all, though major decisions/events, such
as those which begin wars and slay or stifle important people, can throw us onto a different timeline entirely. It's hard to articulate, but think of
a path which forks then rejoins, then forks, then rejoins, then forks and creates two paths which fork, then rejoin, ad nauseum:
Kind of like this: