17 – On the Concept of Free Will …

The fact that we are still debating the issue of Free Will against Determinism in Nature is a clear indication of how dominated we still are by irrational arguments. As with Evolution versus Creationism or Theism versus Atheism, some of us believe that for our claim to be true the opposing one must be false.

Determinism is the concept that the worlds of the microcosm and the macrocosm are absolutely pre-determined by antecedent causes or by natural events (Note here the exclusion of our world, the world of the human being).

Free Will is the concept that rational agents have a choice of a course of action from among various alternatives (Note that this concept refers only to rational agents, meaning us, since we absurdly believe that we are the only rational agents in Nature).

The inexorable pull of pre-determinism in the way our existence inevitably progresses towards an optimum stage of development, and into its own disintegration thereafter, is obvious to us. And so is the autonomy and freedom of our restless mind.

Determinism and Free Will don’t oppose each other; on the contrary, they complement each other. So why are we still debating them? Couldn’t it be that some people in power want to use them to forward their absurd beliefs?

There is no refuting the facts that all natural systems (atoms, molecules, human beings, planetary systems, galaxies) are 1- component elements of a multi-dimensional Universe 2- unfold into unique entities within favorable yet limiting environments 3- ultimately dissolve back into the environment where we came from and 4- are endowed with a certain degree of freedom in adaptation.

But when a dimension, like the dimension in which human beings exist, is perceived from other dimensions – the dimension of the planetary system for example – we become indiscernible.

Free Will and Determinism are innate in Nature, but they are relative to the dimensions in which they are experienced and from which they are observed. 

To bring these concepts to a level we can easily relate to, let’s try them on you, the person reading these words. You are a current component of the planet we call Earth. As small and insignificant as you are against the immensity of the planet, you are, without doubt or further discussion, in possession of a relative degree of freedom to go places or choose from different options or think what to do about tomorrow. But in the same way as a neuron in your own brain – extending its tendrils to reach other neurons in the making of your mind – cannot be perceived from the dimension of your daily existence, your existence – as you grow and reach out and bond and choose and dream – cannot be perceived from the dimension of the planet. You are imperceptible from that point of view. Have you seen the beautiful images of Earth taken from space? … there is no sign of you in them. But there you are! Choosing. Trying to live a Life as best you can. Yet knowing that Freedom has limits.

In the indomitable will to self-perpetuate, in the instinctive drive to bond, in the compelling urge to leave our mark in the world, a relative degree of freedom is the engine of purpose and design. It is the fundamental force that makes us active participants in the evolution of the living organism from which we grow into existence, yet we are pre-determined to go back, after we have made our mark in the world, into the ingenious unknown from where we were created.

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