Point of view 85th Day 03-26

by Administrator 26. March 2011 03:24

We, human beings have been always fascinated with an idea of destiny and free will. Trying to solve this puzzle through philosophical thought and encountering implications in religion, ethics or science…The notion of totally predetermined life events was not only scary for me but also very depressing…It had a touch of “totalitarian” system and zero ethical accountability to my understanding… I couldn’t accept  this type of determinism …have to find a better solution for me …The perception of entirely  free will seems to be quite unrealistic too …there are some factors which can influence  us…from purely biological ( genetics ,environment) to cultural  or psychological….

 I found out there is a handful of different approaches to the question of free will…majority of them are a particular mixture of both elements in opposition: determinism and free will. There are some models defining free will as a mix of chance and determination….seeing the Universe as a place where everything is “causal” but with possibility of a chance. Some other ideas will see our free will as false all together… illusion of our conscious… psychologists found out that people tend to be more aggressive and less helpful, when they feel, there is no free will….

A lot of Eastern philosophies tackle this problem by resulting …in a mixture of both. For example in Buddhist philosophy two ideas are seen as incorrect: predetermined life and free choice… It’s a middle road, taking both sides into consideration …and including belief in karma. Buddhism will see karma as a cause and effect in moral aspects in this life …when Hinduism sees it as a destiny in future lives.

There are many different concepts and ideas about free choice and determination…I believe each of us has to find the one which agrees with them…If you are a naturalist and strongly believe in cause and effect…then  some type of determinism will be agreeable from your perspective. On the other hand when you accept an idea of soul, higher being…the idea of choice feels closer to the heart. There is no right or wrong answer for each of us…only the one we can truly accept and live with. Yes ...there are some ethical, religious or philosophical consequences upon our choice …how we will see the world, life and people…  

I hope for, and try to see the big picture…with billions of intertwined elements, playing the cause and effect but not from clearly naturalistic point of view…more of the orchestrated and highly complicated piece of music…at the end producing intended and harmonic sound… We are the part of this overture, given free will within the ever changing and adjusting code of actions…following our “design” but ready to meet a pure chance and unpredictability… It makes sense to me …this view…at this moment in time…gives my spirit the opportunity to express itself through free choice but acknowledges necessity of being connected  with everyone and everything around…in the process of painting a  bigger picture.



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The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."








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