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I hear a lot of people claiming there is no free will in this universe. They might say it's an excuse to believe in god because it can be used to justify the ''abscence'' of god's mercy towards injustice and terrible pain. Personnaly I believe in something much higher and powerful than human consciousness which can hardly be understood with this mind of ours. I also think god (the ultimate energy of the universe) can and will help us in time of need. However, and unfortunately, life works in a way we have to completely face the consequences of our actions. This is known as the law of cause and effect. We could simply call it Karma.
But that's not my main point.
I can't stop wondering to myself why do we think free will doesn't exist when in fact it's all around us?
Every time we decide to hurt somebody or ourself, that's free will.
Every time we decide to pollute the environment, that's free will.
Every time we decide to smile instead of cry, that's free will.
Every time we decide to stop beside a person in need or just walk away, that's free will.
I mean, we have been given the right to choose for ourselves of what we really wish to accomplish with our lifes. Every decisions (or almost) is established with free will. We have so much free will that we have the power to determine of the destiny of an entire planet and all the animals living among it. We even have a choice to make in how we want to influence the whole universe. That's gigantic free will in my book.
Now of course there are others factors that will direct how a person will think and react, but in the end we are always in power. Only the blindness of the ego can make us loose this awesome faculty.
So I'm wondering ATS, if we can shape the world we live in to our desire every second of every minute, how can that not be free will?
In the end, maybe the answer lies just in that: we are so ashamed to have created such an absurd and injust society, where no respect whatsoever is shown towards nature and the animals species living in it. Maybe we don't want and can't believe we are the only guilty. Maybe it is the exact reason why so many people refuse to believe in free will in the modern era... or even god for that matter.
Sometimes we should look back in time to our ancient brothers and take into perspective the way they understood life and its mysteries for thousand of years before all this crazyness of science came into play. We could learn a thing or two.
That would make the end of my point.
The ultimate Author of all our volitions is the Creator of the world, who first bestowed motion on this immense machine and placed all beings in that particular position whence every subsequent event by an inevitable necessity must result.
reply to post by St0rD
Maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. I used to b e sure it did, but then I started to question it. What if what we think is free will is actually a programmed response and we think we are choosing to do something when in fact we are actually being compelled to to something?
Really, I just want to ask about bewaring the paradoxes. I was just thinking about them earlier... they're like a thorn in this reality. You know anything interesting about them?
However, when a person begins to work on his ego and learn how to be fully conscious and in the moment of now, he suddenly realize it is possible to be free of the old mental barriers he has made for himself. It then becomes easier to stop doing the same mistakes over and over, to stop acting like he always did, to be free.
For those of you who believe in Karma, how could this universal law exist if there was no free will? Karma is based on the assumption that if you are a good person doing good things you are going to collect the same outcome. So, if free will is non-existent, what would be the necessity of such law and concept?