It absolutely does not exist. Note the large number of physically possible actions you can not choose to take. You have the illusion of their availability, but when you really think about it you can't choose them.
Doesn't matter if they do. Even if they don't, you don't have free will. At your core, the genetics that control the shape of your brain have programmed you to want certain things, not to want others. You are forced to think in certain patterns and can never escape it, can't even try, because you can't want to.
Supposing someone else can give you catastrophic brain damage (or an accident could) that makes you enjoy the sensation of dangerous levels of electricity being conducted through your body, makes you regard children as something to be destroyed in all cases, or makes you hate the taste of normal nutrients... this would be someone else imposing on your free will.
If you had the power to inflict that change on yourself, that power would only be an illusion, because you would never use it.
We are all born with free will, and pure innocence. The government does not allow us to exercise our free will as we should and now , in this day and age, our innocence is lost way too soon. It is a very sad thing.. So yes, it does exist in all of us, but we never get to fully use our free will.
BTW..I love your pic of the baby and boxer, if they are your's, you are 1 lucky person ( from one boxer lover to another ) ~ Kerry
Your question is about absolutes. It is possible to separate from society by going living in the woods, but you still have a whole past replete with influences on your mind from the past that came from society.
I meditate, so I am not without sympathy for this position. However, again, your question was about "absolutes". Absolute freedom is impossible. Can you choose to suddenly start to talking to me in Chinese. For that matter, can you suddenly decide to stop understanding English. How about walking. Could you decide one day to stop knowing how to walk
There can't be absolute freedom in the mind without absolute freedom in the body? How about a person that commits suicide, was it not their absolute freedom to end their life? I don't understand the relation of the questions you asked if you would please explain.
Absolute freedom of the mind is not absolute freedom.
People living in concentration camps (in some cases) claimed after the fact that they learnt absolute freedom of the mind (Viktor Frankl and his book Man's Search for Meaning is the best-known case, but there are said to be cases of POW's in Vietnam too), but that is not the kind of freedom that people died for on the beaches of Normandy.
Freedom of the mind is definitely NOT absolute freedom. In the country I live in I am very free to think what I want about the govt, but am not free to vote...
One reason it would be a bad idea is that free will does not guarantee that people will be wise with that free will.
I think we in the West have got carried away... I think that it is good that we emphasize personal freedom, and very good that we try to criticize our govts as much as we do, but sometimes we actually have something to *learn* from society... If society forces me to do certain things, some of those things are GOOD things... my own personal wisdom is certainly not infallible
i have free will to defy societies silly notions. and even if that may mean incarceration in some future reality, or even death, i would still have free will enough to choose death over someone taking my sovereignty, no?
i believe we all have free will and that consequences, karma or social consequences, should be taken into account when utilizing free will positively.
i will add that it is easy to perceive that humans do not have free will completely. but from a higher perspective it is easy to see that regardless of the seeming limitations or contradictions to free will in this reality, we still retain that.
those that attempt to deceive people into believing otherwise will be held accountable for their own actions. and i believe it is part of the "game" for many to be easily led to believe they are victims, taking back that power is part of winning the game and all will eventually though not many are or will at this moment.
Well, I guess she(?) is gone to WalMart.... still, the act of defining things does not create absolutes -- thank God. Otherwise I could define myself as God's representative on earth, get everyone to agree (agreement seems to be the criterion Alexandria is using), and then I would suddenly therefore be him... not good...
Let's see this way, can human program perfect random number ?No why? because there is predefined algorithm for any random generator. If not, there is no free will from god either. Any action of humans becomes part of predefined state of god's known set of results. So free will-smith is BS.
What if you could, theoretically obtain some form of mental free will using the parts of our brains that we lock by ourselves b3ecause of the constraints we have placed on ourselves via society. What if; we had free will once, and it didn't work? What if we decided that there needed to be constraint - at some point in history we all sat down and said - you know what? We gotta draw out some base lines here or we're never going to be able to live together...Then what do you know - Latin springs up so they can all communicate, rules become spoken, then written...eventually whole systems of government form because we forgot to keep at least a little of our free will because we forgot what it was like to have it completely. Now I'm not talking about constraints of the physical nature - I'm talking about mental bounds - the parts of our brains that we simply don't know enough about...What if in trying to understand ourselves better we could unlock things we haven't realised we could do in thousands of years?
As for absolute free will of the body and the mind...I don't know. I like to think that anything is possible where the human brain is concerned. I also think that you can only take the topic so far before it gets really confusing...
The things that truly constrain your free will are things like empathy, conscience, and guilt. You must experience anxiety and distress upon seeing a member of your "group" suffer, you must feel it is right to attempt to alleviate that suffering, you must feel guilt if you believe you have caused it.
You don't have a choice in these matters. These feelings are not switches you can hit, they control how you act by controlling how you think.
Imagine what a monster you'd be if those constraints on your free will were removed.
Not at all. For example, you choose to write hub on something right now, i don't cause i have no topic but you can. Based on available experience/data our actions vary. Still all our actions are predictable. To explain more, can you design a random number generator without any algorithm ? You can't, each result becomes predictable to designer as per algorithm.
Free Will is an absolute. We are able to choose every action we dictate to ourselves.
Free Will isn't tied to our emotions. We are not free to feel what we so choose to feel. We are able to control some emotions, but not all of them, for which, some are instinctive and require no thought/thinking behind them, which is where Free Will comes into play.
Free Will only exists, because consciousness exists.
If you had no consciousness/awareness of life, then you wouldn't be able to have your individual thoughts. Hence, no Free Will.
My take on this is we have a measure of freedom to direct the flow of things, but that we cannot stop the flow, or reverse its direction, or control it.
Natural laws of cause and effect, societal laws, perceptions and dispositions learned in the past: all influence our decisions.
But, it is possible to cultivate changes in our own mind with practice, with sustained effort, to counteract our tendencies towards certain modes of thought and decision making. This is something animals, as we know them, are not capable of.
Whatever we choose to do, we will always answer to cause and effect. Existence is ordered such that for every action there is a reaction: our thoughts and actions ALWAYS make a ripple, however small. All things are implicated with one another.
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