Do we ever have free will? How do you know?

Is everything destiny and maybe you think you have free will and will do the opposite of what you think you are supposed to do but maybe it has been pre-planned that is what you will do. Just a thought....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yes, absolutely . You have a choice how to lead your life ! No one force you to take drugs , they may tempt you , ultimately , it is your own choice to go with the wrong friends. Each choice you make will creat a different fate . Eventually you are who you are through your own actions . The buddha was born a prince , but he has given all that up through his own choice .

  • 1 decade ago

    from link:

    Destiny refers to a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe...

    Different concepts of destiny and fate

    Destiny may be envisaged as fore-ordained by the Divine (for example, the Protestant concept of predestination) or by human will (for example, the American concept of Manifest Destiny).

    A sense of destiny in its oldest human sense is in the soldier's fatalistic image of the "bullet that has your name on it" or the moment when your number "comes up," or a romance that was "meant to be." The human sense that there must be a hidden purpose in the random lottery governs the selection of Theseus to be among the youths to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Many Greek legends and tales teach the futility of trying to outmaneuver an inexorable fate that has been correctly predicted.

    Destiny may be seen as a fixed sequence of events that is inevitable and unchangeable, or that individuals choose their own destiny by choosing different paths throughout their life.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny

    Had to Google for clarification of "Destiny".

    From the above it seems as though the concept of "Destiny" is a control mechanism.

    Or...

    self proclaimed "seal of approval" from creator of the universe to do bad things.

    "Shut up and charge"

    in the case of soldier.

    "put on your lip rouge and lip pretty for the Minotaur"

    in the case of selection of sacrifices.

    and

    God pre ordains that we kill. oppress, and steal anothers peoples land.

    He don't like them anyway cause the are heathens....

    in the case of Manifest Destiny and other numerous instances of Biblically inspired/justified "rumble thee forths"

    I Suppose the Torah, Koran, and other religious texts provide some "wiggle room" in interpretation....

    to do bad things.

    Frank Zappa

    Dumb all over

    (Zappa)

    From the album You are what you is, 1981,

    Whoever we are

    Wherever we're from

    We shoulda noticed by now

    Our behavior is dumb

    And if our chances

    Expect to improve

    It's gonna take a lot more

    Than tryin' to remove

    The other race

    Or the other whatever

    From the face

    Of the planet altogether

    They call it THE EARTH

    Which is a dumb kinda name

    But they named it right

    'Cause we behave the same...

    *We are dumb all over*

    Dumb all over,

    Yes we are

    Dumb all over,

    Near 'n far

    Dumb all over,

    Black 'n white

    People, we is not wrapped tight

    Nurds on the left

    Nurds on the right

    Religous fanatics

    On the air every night

    Sayin' the Bible

    Tells the story

    Makes the details

    Sound real gory

    'Bout what to do

    If the geeks over there

    Don't believe in the book

    We got over here

    You can't run a race

    Without no feet

    'N pretty soon

    There won't be no street

    For dummies to jog on

    Or doggies to dog on

    Religous fanatics

    Can make it be all gone

    (I mean it won't blow up

    'N disappear

    It'll just look ugly

    For a thousand years...)

    You can't run a country

    By a book of religion

    Not by a heap

    Or a lump or a smidgeon

    Of foolish rules

    Of ancient date

    Designed to make

    You all feel great

    While you fold, spindle

    And mutilate

    Those unbelievers

    From a neighboring state

    TO ARMS! TO ARMS!

    Hooray! That's great

    Two legs ain't bad

    Unless there's a crate

    They ship the parts

    To mama in

    For souvenirs: two ears *(Get Down!)*

    Not his, not hers, *(but what the hey?)*

    The Good Book says:

    *("It gotta be that way!")*

    But their book says:

    *"REVENGE THE CRUSADES...

    With whips 'n chains

    'N hand grenades..."*

    TWO ARMS? TWO ARMS?

    Have another and another

    Our God says:

    *"There ain't no other!"*

    Our God says

    *"It's all okay!"*

    Our God says

    *"This is the way!"*

    It says in the book:

    *"Burn 'n destroy...*

    *'N repent, 'n redeem*

    *'N revenge, 'n deploy*

    *'N rumble thee forth*

    *To the land of the unbelieving scum on

    the other side*

    *'Cause they don't go for what's in the

    book*

    *'N that makes 'em BAD*

    *So verily we must choppeth them up*

    *And stompeth them down*

    *Or rent a nice French bomb*

    *To poof them out of existance

    *While leaving their real estate just where

    we need it*

    *To use again*

    *For temples in which to praise

    OUR GOD*

    *("Cause he can really take care of

    business!")*

    And when his humble TV servant

    With humble white hair

    And humble glasses

    And a nice brown suit

    And maybe a blond wife who takes

    phone calls

    Tells us our God says

    It's okay to do this stuff

    Then we gotta do it,

    'Cause if we don't do it,

    We ain't gwine up to *hebbin!*

    (Depending on which book you're using

    at the time...Can't use theirs... it don't work

    ...it's all lies...Gotta use mine...)

    Ain't that right?

    That's what they say

    Every night...

    Every day...

    Hey, we can't really be dumb

    If we're just following *God's Orders*

    Hey, let's get serious...

    God knows what he's doin'

    He wrote this book here

    An' the book says:

    *He made us all to be just like Him,"

    so...

    If we're dumb...

    Then God is dumb...

    *(An' maybe even a little ugly on the side)*

  • 1 decade ago

    There is a feeling of being free. It is that which matters. In absolute terms no one is unshackled from the laws of life.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    maybe we do, maybe we don't...

    the truth is that we won't know until we die (if at all)

    why spend time and energy trying to answer those questions which have no answer?

    the only to find out before death is to smoke DMT or drink an ayahuasca brew

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  • 1 decade ago

    "It is the coward and the fool who says this is his fate. But it is the strong man who stands up and says I will make my own fate"

  • 1 decade ago

    Nothing is free not even freedom

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can doubt, but can you doubt that you doubt ?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i strongly doubt it.

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