Gidday from the antipodes my fellow Grimericans,
Finally I am back after a much deserved break over the Xmas period, with time to reflect and delve into some of the bigger questions we all have about the universe we live in.
In this blog I want to take a look at free will.
I do wish to start by making clear that I am not a metaphysicist and have no formal training or qualifications. I am merely looking at this topic from my own amateur, but inquisitive , point of view.
Now free will is a biggie in this bloggers eyes. We all have roughly the same take on what these two words mean to us when they are side by side but here are two good definitions I have found online:
- the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one’s own discretion.
1. the ability to choose how to act
2. the ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God
1. voluntary choice or decision <I do this of my own free will>
2. freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention
Ok, pretty straight forward. A voluntary act as such. No one is forcing you to do it, not even GOD, but we will get into that little chestnut later!! Essentially nothing outside of your being or consciousness, apparently, is guiding you to perform or act or make decisions in a certain way. Ok, so we are clear on what the term is supposed to mean and we agree on this as our reference point for at least the length of this blog?
Now lets look at our own experiences.
Have you ever had feeling that you real had to do something?? Doesn’t matter what that thing was , just that you had a drive to do what ever that thing was? Maybe you had a “vision” or a dream? but deep down you had a burning desire to achieve that goal. Now does that fall into the above category of free will? Where does that motivation come from? Some instances can be explained away, lets blame a challenge from someone or advertising that convinced you that you couldn’t exist without the new I-Phone, that’s easy. That’s not free will as the catalyst for that particular goal came from somewhere in your day to day, concrete existence. Why do we have a favourite colour or maybe a style of music that we listen to? Is this dictated by our environment or do we truly hold these ideals in our heads and stick to them. As a Chef I know that seafood or mushrooms are a love or hate thing for most people. Ok, I love wild mushrooms, but why ? Is it just that the texture or flavour really agrees with me or makes me feel good or excites my taste buds? But what is behind THAT conclusion? Why do I like it? What is so good about THAT flavour? Am I getting too deep into this or have I missed something. I don’t know about you, but I want to know what is behind my choices in life and why I feel compelled to enjoy or favour item A over item B when I cant explain any difference between the two.
But what about the ideas or goals that just show up from nowhere? Do we have the equivalent to a random number generator in our heads?? Or is this maybe a segue into the concept of a non-local mind??
To me , this is the most logical answer. Big words huh? I understand that is a big statement , but it just fits right for me. It does give me a least a theory of where these ideas came from. You know , how everything in the universe exists only if it is being observed?? The old quantum physics laws covers this, so why break with tradition on this one. Even the random number generator needs to be in existence before those random numbers can exist. So our ideas , or “free will”, maybe do come from the non-local mind. Which then makes the idea of free will redundant, in this universe or dimension anyway…?
So then we better mention the aforementioned capital “G”. I did notice that “God” did pop up a lot as I researched the definition of free will. Surely not all lexicographers are religious or hold religious beliefs, so why should he get a mention? If I was more savvy with Google translate I would love to see what other languages define free will as and if the big Fella gets a mention their too?
According to Oxford, Webster and at least half of the other search results, God makes up our mind for us most of the time anyway. So, if you do regret some of the decisions you’ve made before, you can blame him or her I guess? But the truly off the wall shit is all free will, which is yours, I think, but isn’t really if you look at the above points again?!! Or am I really barking up the wrong tree? Do all of our decisions positively arrive to us from the ether with no guide rails or training wheels to coax us onto some fateful path or whatever? Or do we actually have some form of consciousness that our ideas and motivations stem from. Some hidden mind that broadcasts our deepest truths to us from another dimension maybe. Or is it just how we are wired, how we are programmed to live out our existence, is our fate a predetermined path and we only think we have free will to make the choices that we do?
If anything I hope this little piece has helped open your mind to the take I have on free will. As I say it is only my opinion, my perspective on this topic. Even though I have asked more questions than I have answered, It is the questions that make us all stronger and keeps us growing. On that note, my fellow Grimericans, I leave you to ponder….
Till next time,