Free Will ! The angry mob outside the jail chanted...Free Will!
That FREE WILL thing.......
The Bhagavad Gita states:
Nor does the Supreme Lord assume anyone's sinful or pious activities (Bhagavad Gita 5.15)
From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self (Bhagavad Gita 6.26),
indicating that God does not control anyone's will, and that it is possible to control the mind.
In any case, whether for acquiring more happiness or for reducing misery, you have to exercise your free-will in the present...You have to exercise?
Some of the best known Christians in history have taught there is no free will, including St. Augustine , Martin Luther, and John Calvin…
“All people living on the Earth will worship [The Devil], except those whose names were written before the creation of the world in the book of the living which belongs to [Jesus].” Revelations 13:8
Schopenhauer talks of free will and moral responsibility thusly:
“Everyone believes himself a priori to be perfectly free, even in his individual actions, and thinks that at every moment he can commence another manner of life. … But a posteriori, through experience, he finds to his astonishment that he is not free, but subjected to necessity, that in spite of all his resolutions and reflections he does not change his conduct, and that from the beginning of his life to the end of it, he must carry out the very character which he himself condemns….”
A proposition first offered by Thomas Aquinas. and later C. S. Lewis, it suggests that God's perception of time is different, and that this is relevant to our understanding of our own free will. In his book Mere Christianity, Lewis argues that God is actually outside of time and therefore does not "foresee" events, but rather simply observes them all at once.
Neuroscientist and author Sam Harris believes that we are mistaken in believing the intuitive idea that intention initiates actions. In fact, Harris is even critical of the idea that free will is "intuitive": he says careful introspection can cast doubt on free will. Harris argues "Thoughts simply arise in the brain. What else could they do? The truth about us is even stranger than we may suppose: The illusion of free will is itself an illusion".
I was going to say that you are perfectly "FREE" to believe what you want about the above.....but....I think I'll just say think about it...talk amongst yourselves.....have some coffee or tea...as you were...carry on....that's the spirit.....
On the other hand if all of your choices are based on your conditioned brainwashed mind....what kind of free will would that be? and if you really are brainwashed you won't be able to ask yourself that question....
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