I was compelled to create this thread. I felt that there were a lot of debates going on here on various topics that led towards the "Free Will" disscussion, so I thought, with the push of Floris Didden and Jetpack42 , why not create a thread on it. (Maybe a thread has already been done, if so, I apologize.)
Free Will : Do we have any? Yes? No? Or is it more complicated than that?
I used to think we had complete Free Will. Even got irritated when one person a long time ago suggested otherwise, it didn't seem to make sense. But after meticulously thinking about what causes a human being to do anything, achieve goals, what ever, I started to think the dreedful thought, ' wait a minute, do we really have any Free Will?'
Based on my knowledge of life, to this point, I think we have very little, or no free will at all. Why? Because everything that we do, we do it because of our life experience, circumstance, environment, and genetic make up. I think that we humans don't create our choices, choices are given to us. We don't choose what to do in life, our decision is already made for us by our life experience, circumstance, and genetic makeup, and the only real power we have, is "when" we decide to go along with the already made choice. And I even question if we really have much control over "when".
We want to feel and believe that we control our lives, so that life makes logical sense to us, so that we can feel responsible for our actions, and so we can put blame on others who do wrong, because we believe that they "chose" to do bad. We give respect to those who do well, because we feel they, "chose" to do well. The belief in 100% Free Will, keeps stability in society. I think the thought of, no, Free Will, is something that is so uncomfortable to comprehend and fathom, that most people don't want to believe it, because it destroys their pride and sense of "I accomplished this", or" that person has done evil, punish them". I think we have no real control over our lives and decisions, that it is all governed for us by our life experience.
What do you all think? This could get interesting?
BTW: This is not something I believe 100% to be true, it's an idea I've been pondering to see just how true or false it is. And this is the argument I've come to a halt at.