Free Will?

“The word “choice” is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.”
- Idries Shah

I have been giving this a lot of thought in the past weeks. I love the idea of free will, it really makes me feel alive… but how much of it is actual. I think we are all shaped on one way or another by the way we are brought up and our environment. So are our choices really choices or just predestined responses by what we have been taught.

What do you think?

4 Responses to Free Will?

  1. I just left you the longest response I think I’ve ever given in a comment but since I’m on my stupid antique computer which is at 800 x 600 resolution the text area floats over the “META” table on the right side and when I went to edit a word I accidentally clicked on the RSS link and blinked my comment right out of here. “Sheesh, what a maroon I am” lol

    Anyway, bottomline, I believe in free will because sooner or later we begin to make our own decisions, including making choices based on what we were taught. If it works don’t break it, right? Did that make sense?

  2. Very simple way to explain something very difficult. I think you nailed it right on the head. Choices even if thought are still decisions we are making… therefore there is free will. However, the problem I have with the whole thing is that society for the most part gives us those choices, or religion or whatever… and new innovative choices are hard to come by…now did I make any sense?

  3. I think somehow we all are taught to choose. Everything is relative and subjective. What is good for me could be bad for others and viceversa. I guess that’s what free will is about.

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