posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 05:49 PM
Animals live by predeterminism. Their entire experience devolves on the DNA in their cells and the physical conditioning to stimuli that they
Animals do not conceive of God. They do not wonder about the future of others than themselves. Predators live by left-brain goal, purpose and method,
or they don't survive. Pastoral animals live by habit [including horses]. Give them a new experience, and they would just as soon bolt.
But humans have another feature: the electronic template overriding physical experience that we call "spirit." Spirit can cause people to act quite
irrationally and foolishly from the point-of-view of the organism.
Philanthropy, charity, mercy, tolerance, Grace and forgiveness are all spiritual outcomes having nothing to do with the physical organism itself, and
perhaps creating outcomes that are inimical to life. "Sacrifice" is not a value contained in an animal or predatory [even human predator] brain.
Okay, so where does Free Will come into this?
Free Will means a person has some choices, to take some turns at options. In this nation, marriages are not arranged by the family. A person chooses
their mate by Free Will. In this nation, people locate themselves by proximity to employment opportunities, not by custom or law. Thus, they CAN
legally ACT on their Free Will to move about. ... Since the development of contraceptives--whatever the long-term outcomes might be--the whole topic
of having children has been relegated to the domain of Free Will [except in China where having more than one child is now a crime].
Free Will is not cheap. It doesn't come "often." Mobility is a Free Will option that may be present or absent at any particular time in a person's
life. E.g., many older persons, due to poverty, are completely immobilized. Their Free Will is incapacitated. So they die. Who wants to live bored and
Governing "by the consent of the governed" is a matter of Free Will if and IF ONLY the governing process is not being manipulated or dominated by
power politics and a gagged media. In that case, even so-called "elections" are less demonstrations of Free Will than they are of Group Think.
And that's where I'll leave this topic, right here.
: ) Chai