reply to post by namine
It depends how strong you are, the ocean can push you into a certain direction with its waves but if you are really strong, you can resist it...
Your main beliefs will be determined by your parents who teach you things and by your life experience.
So what is wrong with basing beliefs on life experience? That just because you experience something that doesn't mean that your belief is true 100% of
the time - so even that is unnecessary control.
What about your thoughts and emotions? Those are also programmed. Society programs you to "want" certain things and to not-want other things, even
sometimes tricking you to believe in stereo-types which aren't true all of the time.
Your emotions and thoughts will cause you to take certain actions, or if you are a more logical person - your beliefs will cause you to take certain
actions, so no matter what you do you are controlled.
You can't even imagine something you never saw before, if I tell you that something called a "ringo" exists, you'll probably won't be able to imagine
it since you don't know what it is, but now if I tell you that it is an "apple" in Japanese - you will understand, so even your thoughts are
So do we have ANY control over our lives ? Do we have ANY free will at all?
Yes, BUT only if we realize that we are not our thoughts, emotions, intentions, and beliefs - then we can choose to detach from them in order to gain
freedom from suffering - freedom from acting like a robot from your own programming - but if you want to do that - then even that is an intention,
So maybe we have NO free-will... who knows...
I would just like to point out that not ALL programming is bad but almost ALL of it is.
Simple programming like avoiding pain is something that is necessary and produced by nature -
and even things produced by nature isn't good sometimes either...
edit on 16-9-2012 by arpgme because: (no reason given)