Have you ever wondered whether our actions and thoughts are a representation of random happening events or if we are truly free in making decisions of our own free will?

Numerous times, we had the chance spoken to us by our closest relatives to hear about our similarities with our parents in the way we look, act and make decisions. If we dig a little deeper, there are not many counterarguments for our own defense, when it comes to that topic.

It is true –  we are inherently defined by our ancestors and the genes they transferred to us. It will be so with our own children and the children of their children and so on throughout each and everyone’s family tree. Forever. No exceptions.

So now that we have the clear picture of the inevitable basis for every being that ever existed and ever will exist – we can try to interpret the delicate question of the term free will – the evidence or the possible lack of it. Our DNA strand, in each and every cell in our body, acts as a base for our formation into a living being.

Recent studies reveal that the DNA strand can be manipulated and changed by the outside influence. Basically, it acts as a receiver so we can speculate that among various factors of influence – even our actions can affect the changes in our DNA structure.

Thus, we are faced with the consequences of our actions and even our very thoughts, that drive our passing days, created by our own free will. How does it affect us? How does it change us?

How can it possibly transform our inner being? Our essence.

Are our actions and thoughts, for that matter, a representation of random happening events or are we truly free in making decisions of our own free will? Many have questioned and have been obsessed with this dilemma.

If our decision making is indeed influenced by predetermined events, then it is true and we do not have free will. This is known as determinism. Determinism is the philosophical position that for every event, including human interactions, there exist conditions that could cause no other event.

However, if the exact opposite is correct, then our actions are indeed random – which is defined as indeterminism. Indeterminism is the concept that events (certain events, or events of certain types) are not caused, or not caused deterministically (cf. causality) by prior events.

So we find ourselves in a bind. How are we to draw conclusions and at what point could we provide a solution that would benefit us in the best way possible?

We could approach this problem from various perspectives in order to understand it the best way possible. Many religions point out that all our actions are predetermined and that it is for the best not to try to control those future events that have not yet happened.

I can colorfully call this “go with the flow” way of going through life. Ever heard of “Que Sera, Sera” – Whatever will be, will be? A vivid example of this point of view.

If we are indeed of control, then we must raise a question. Who is truly in control and to what reasons and benefits. Ego comes to mind as an answer.

Another view is based on quantum mechanics. This scientific theory suggests that we live in a universe based on probability and thus explains that every action represents the impossibility of determinism.

Zeljko Dražović, B.A.

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    David Winsland

    After pondering this issue for a lengthy period of time I reluctantly came to the conclusion that we do not have free will and that our choices are limited to the mundane. We are born with a unique set of tendencies inherited from our parents and our experiences in the womb. These tendencies become modified through our various life experiences; rapidly at first until our personal world view is formed by mid-teens, then slower throughout life. This world view determines our nature and at no time can we act in discord with that nature except maybe in situations of extreme provocation.
    In turn this leads us to be able to better understand the actions of others as we realise we do not know the circumstance they have encountered to make them what they appear to be.

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    Santhosh

    We humans are not just random beings.We have a free will.We are responsible for everything that’s happening on the earth at present time.Carbon dating could date only a few thousand years of existence.Do not let the mind wander.Sickness is the end result.Thanks.

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    Santhosh

    Carbon dating is the only way we could measure past time.Thanks.

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    e crosser

    where do you suppose synchronicity figures into this question?

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    PETERS

    I have my own theory – we have LIMITED free will. We cannot avoid causality, there are things we can’t change and we’re predetermined by several things. But at some point, when you raise your self-consciousness and stop behaving automatically (like bio-computer), you may CHOOSE YOUR REACTION to the event. And that’s our free will.

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      Anestis

      I will agree with LIMITED’s theory of free will. I will point out, however, that very few people have increased self-awareness. Most people, educated and uneducated, deal only with their simple personal routine. So the mass of people is predetermined in their reactions. So they have no free will.
      I will also point out that people with authority, such as judges, military, police officers, priests, employers and bosses, make it easier for them to believe that people have free will and are accountable and responsible for their choices and decisions. So they can punish them when they violate the rules and laws that established their society.

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