However perplexing the concept of free will is, its basic formulation posit that as sentient beings we are, so to speak, "the captains of our own ships".
I suppose it is true that we are free to choose what we believe( and do), and free to believe( and do) what we choose, but somehow along that seemingly all too linear trajectory, various detours and circular pathways divert our attention to what is really the destination. The destination obviously changes from person to person, but as a specie, human's ultimate destination is to peel
the onion that is the "God-Universe-Man".
We have come so far in terms of peeling the nature of man, and now that were are at the cusp of peeling ( through our mind/brain's capacity for boundless curiosity) the nature of the universe, the hope is that we remain captains of our own ships, albeit occasional detours and circular pathways.
Free will is an illusion. Life is something to be experienced for lack of anything better to do. We choose to forget. Maya
Free will is an extraordinary reality. Other species other animals have to live their life already prescribed for them for example a crocodile cannot come up out of the water and begins behaving like a racehorse. A Tiger can only be a Tiger but mankind unlike any other creatures on the planet has the capacity to affect change to the entire planet.
The versatility of mankind is unlike any other creature on the planet where as mankind moved across the land on their feet we now fly over the planet in space ships. Free will has not only allows us to see our dreams but in fact make our dreams come true.
Modern humans are the only animal species that has an imagination. Creating art, music, religion, and showing interest in our surroundings makes us unique.
No imagination. You mean like the crabs that camoflage themselves with foreign material. Or the many animals that make and use artificial tools. Or those that build artificial homes with built in air conditioning. Or sing, apparently just to be singing.
I dare say as well that most animals are far more aware of their surroundings than man is - their lives depend on that.
We are not nearly as unique here as we think.
I understand where you are coming from, but you must admit that crabs could camouflage all their lives, chimps could use tools cunningly, and birds could sing their hearts out but none of them could even come close to the creativity,the imaginative and intuitive capacity of the human brain. Thus we are unique in so many ways, not nearly is not nearly enough.
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