What is your definition of free will? Well let’s look at a definition of free to start. Free – Not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes. So, how many people do you know that are not under the control or power of another. We’ve been told that in America we live in a free society however, there are rules and guidelines in place to ensure stability within the society. So, to use the word free in these situations is misleading. Just as with a credit card. To receive a credit means that you have gained without recompense. This is not the case with a ‘credit’ card; if you use your credit you’re now in debt so how could this be a credit. They should be called debt cards.
So, back to free will. If everything that we now believe came about by suggestion as to what’s right or wrong as it
relates to our environment, then how could the decisions we make be free will… they’re not. Now, do we have choices in life? Yes, indeed we do, but those choices result in reward or punishment, this contradicts the value of free. It’s like saying you have free will to choose the red button or the green one, however if you choose the red one you’re going to die. That’s not free will, that’s you being presented with options that someone else has determined the outcome of your decision… again that is not free will.
My point here is to bring an awareness to the misleading and hypnotic words and phrases that we’ve been conditioned to believe without question. We cannot expect to get positive results when we keep starting with a flawed equation. The universe itself is operates within rules and guidelines so how could we possibly have ‘free’ will.
So, the bottom-line is that we were given boundaries to work within, and we are able to make decisions based on what we think is right or best for us inside of them. These boundaries dictate however a limit to how free we actually are. Our perception of reality and what’s possible in it has been told to us and very rarely do we stray from this conditioning. We often hear or use the phrase think outside of the box, well this would mean that you’re already in one. So, before we can ever truly be ‘free’ we must understand that we have already been imprisoned by societal or physical laws and the decisions that we make have been influenced or ordered by our environment or by others that we consider to be authorities in our lives. So do we have free will? I guess we do have free will to make decisions inside of this institution that we call life.