Free Will, Myth or Motive

DOES FREE WILL EXIST? FREE WILL, MYTH OR MOTIVE

ON MANY OCCASIONS I HAVE POSTULATED THAT SIGMUND FREUD
ASSASSINATED ALL CONCEPT OF FREE WILL BY STATING THAT MANKIND
IS THE PRODUCT OF GENETICS PLUS WHAT ANY PERSON EXPERIENCES
EQUALS THAT PERSON. HOW CAN ANY PERSON BE ANYTHING MORE OR
LESS?


WE ALL HAVE SOME IDEA OF THE LAWS OF SCIENCE AND CONSIDER
THEM STATIC OR UNCHANGEABLE SUCH AS GRAVITY, INERTIA, EQUAL
AND OPPOSITE MOTION, GENETICS, SELECTION, SURVIVAL, PHYSICS
ETC. IN LOWER ANIMALS IT SEEMS EASY TO SEE THE LAWS OF NATURE
AT WORK. HUNGRY, THEY HUNT FOR FOOD. COLD, THEY HUNT SHELTER.
NATURE SAYS REPRODUCE, THEY HUNT A PARTNER. AFRAID, THEY RUN.
MERELY BECAUSE HUMANS HAVE MORE CHOICES AVAILABLE, DOES THAT
MEAN WE ARE ABOVE ALL THE FORCES UPON US? I THINK NOT.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO RISE ABOVE CAUSE AND EFFECT? CAN ANYONE
NAME ANYTHING NOT SUBJECT TO CAUSE AND EFFECT WHY THEN DOES
OUR VANITY PLACE US ABOVE THE 'BALANCE OF CREATION? HOW IS lT
THAT WE CAN EXPECT ANYONE TO MAKE A DECISION THAT IS NOT IN
TOTAL AND COMPLETE HARMONY[WITH THEIR PAST? '

DR. WILLIAM PROVINE OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY VEHEMENTLY
ATTACKS THE MYTH OF FREE WILL. ALL "DECISIONS" HE SAYS ARE
THE END RESULT OF DETERMINISTIC FORCES. FREE WILL, HE ARGUES,
IS MORE THAN A MYTH, "IT IS A DESTRUCTIVE MYTH, ONE OF THE
MEANEST, NASTIEST, MOST DIVISIVE IDEAS WE'VE DEVELOPED IN ALL
OUR CULTURAL HISTORY. WE USE IT TO BLAME PEOPLE FOR THEIR
ACTIONS AND TO JUSTIFY MISTREATING PEOPLE." HENCE, YOU HAVE
A PENAL SYSTEM DESIGNED MORE FOR REVENGE AND PUNISHMENT RATHER
THAN REHABILITATION. HIS CONCEPT SEEMS TO BE THAT ONCE A CRIME
HAS BEEN COMMITTED HOW DO YOU COUNTER BALANCE THE NEGATIVE
INFLUENCE OF THIS PERSONS PAST WHICH HELPED PRODUCE SAID CRIME
SO THAT IN THE FUTURE THIS CRIME IS NOT REPEATED. DR. PROVINE
ACKNOWLEDGED THE: EXISTENCE OF UNREHABILATATABLE SOCIOPATHS BUT
READILY POINTS OUT THAT THEY TOO ARE TOTALLY SUBJECT TO DETERMINISTIC
FORCES.

ONCE AGAIN I ASK HOW IS IT THAT WE CAN RISE ABOVE OUR
GENETIC INHERITANCE AND OUR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE? THE
ANSWER SEEMS OBVIOUS. WE CANNOT.

POETRY CAN BE A FORCEFUL ARGUMENT AND AS SUCH, I WOULD LIKE
TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING POETIC LINES AS SUPPORT OF MY POSITION
HEREIN OUTLINED


CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH CRITICISM, HE LEARNS TO CONDEMN.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH HOSTILITY,HE LEARNS TO FIGHT.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH RIDICULE, HE LEARNS TO BE SHY.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SHAME, HE LEARNS TO FEEL GUILTY.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH TOLERANCE, HE LEARNS TO BE PATIENT.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH ENCOURAGEMENT, HE LEARNS CONFIDENCE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH PRAISE, HE LEARNS TO APPRECIATE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH FAIRNESS, HE LEARNS JUSTICE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SECURITY, HE LEARNS TO HAVE FAITH.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH APPROVAL,HE LEARNS TO LIKE HIMSELF.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH ACCEPTANCE AND FRIENDSHIP HE LEARNS TO
FIND LOVE IN THE WORLD.



IN CONCLUSION, IT SEEMS THE CLOSEST WE CAN COME TO HAVING
ANY FREE WILL IS FOLLOW THE ADVISE OF THE LAST LINE ABOVE AND
LOOK TO THE FUTURE. IF WE PUT MORE ACCEPTANCE AND FRIENDSHIP
INTO THE WORLD, FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO FIND MORE
GENUINE LOVE IN THE WORLD.

ACCEPTANCE IS A WONDERFUL TOOL THAT SHOULD SOLVE ONE OF THE
MAJOR NEGATIVES PLAGUING MOST ALL SOCIETIES, PREJUDICE. IF WE
COULD LEARN TO ACCEPT PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT I.E. RED, YELLOW,
- BLACK, WHITE, MEN, WOMEN, GAYS, ETC, MAYBE THEN WE WOULD BE
POSITIONED TO HELP MAKE A BETTER WORLD. ONR OF THE SADDEST
DISCOVERIES I HAVE MADE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS IS THAT OUR LIVES
SEEM TO BE DEFINED MORE BY THE NEGATIVE RATHER THAN THE POSITIVE.
CONSIDER SADDAM HUSEIN AS AN EXAMPLE. HE IS LEADER OF THE IRAQ
THEOCRACY WHEREAS IT IS HIS HATRED FOR THE GREAT SATAN, OUR
SUCCESSFUL CAPITALIST AMERlCA, THAT HE WILL BE KNOW FOR.
I CAN ONLY HOPE THIS LITTLE ESSAY HAS HELPED AD SOMETHiNG
POSITIVE TO OUR FUTURE. IF SO, IT IS WELL WORTH THE TIME EXPENDED.

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