Monthly Archives: August 2011
I guess I am kind of disappointed now. I was hoping on seeing more comments on my series of posts in regards to free will and determinism. It is the only way that I know of to see if my ideas is able to hold water or not. Now I’ll admit that my own biased and prejudicial way of thinking probably will hinder my ability to change my thoughts on the issue. But, to me, thoughts without challenge have no real value in life.
We abide in an imperfect state of existence. It may be the only state of existence we have but to treat our own ideas as the perfect answer to the mysteries of this life is in itself self-contradictory. And I am one who seeks to reconcile those contradictions within myself, maybe one of my true passions of life.
I also know that I dare not depend on the knowledge of others to make my decisions in life. For their thoughts are just as biased and prejudicial as mine are and their thoughts and ideas are best suited for their lives and that includes the so-called experts. This is why what is said by others should only be taken as advice to be considered before one makes up his own mind. In other words we should not allow ourselves to be convinced to do something merely because someone else says that is what we should do, expert or not. And far too many persons are falling into that mindset thus allowing others to make decisions for them.
The biggest problem with experts is the fact that they present their ideas in such a fashion that it makes you feel that you’d be ignorant if you did not follow their advice. And the problem with this is the fact that it is you and me that must suffer the consequences if they advise us wrong. He will not accept any of the responsibility of his poor advice but he will surely accept the praise and benefits of giving good advice. Isn’t it far better to suffer the consequences of our own decisions than to suffer the consequences of the decisions of others? It may feel nice to blame others for our problems but it is not just.
Dependency on others to know what is best for us is both, addictive and perceived as evidence of determinism. All it takes is for someone to convince us that we can’t do something that someone else can. And I reject that notion as everyone should. The fact that someone else can do it is evidence that anyone can do it. Seek advice so as to learn. If one does this one can be better informed the next time a decision on the matter in hand must be made. That, to me, is what an informed decisions is all about.
People talk about the need of self-esteem. Well, there is no higher self-esteem found than doing things for ourselves. People speak of self-respect. Well, there is no greater respect earned than taking responsibility for our own decisions in life. People seek to know honor. Well. There is no greater honor than to rise above the need of dependency.
And we can only achieve our goals in life by free will not through determinism. For life itself provides the opportunities in life. And it refuses no man of those opportunities. Tis our own ignorance and dependency on others that will deny us of those opportunities.
For it is only through free will can we take advantage of the opportunities of life. It is only by the acceptance of one’s free will can failure be seen as a way to success. It is only by the acceptance of free will can we know the wealth of life even in the state of poverty. It is only by the acceptance of free will that pity and envy will no longer rule our lives.
I have no more to say. What say you?
Welcome to my new home on the web. Getting this blog in the shape I want it will be a work in progress as I learn how to maneauver my way around. So, I ask that you be patient with me for a while. The first few posts will be about me and the reason I am as I am.
I am an individual and being an individual means that I am an unique person. Being unique means that I cannot have an equal. A person may find many similarities in a number of persons but there will always be something that glaringly sets each person apart from everyone else. This is true even among identical siblings. If I am to accept this as my core belief then I must reject anything that would compromise this individuality I possess. With this as a given, each of my beliefs must reflect this fact, regardless of whether those beliefs are of a personal,political, religious, or of a social nature.
Being true to this concept requires that I accept full responsibility for my life. In order for this to occur I must accept the fact that I must be inner motivated. Being inner motivated recognizes that anything that will have an effect upon me is the direct result of my own decisions on what I am about to do. I must accept this regardless of whether that effect will be as I intended or unintended. I cannot deny that I and I alone am the cause of all that effects me. This is the essence of the meaning of free will.
With a given of the attribute of a free will I must reject all that would declare that determinism has any value in my life. For free will declares that I alone am the determinant of the effects of my life and and the concept of determinism and the collective mindset would deny this. To remain true to the concept of possessing a free will I must also acknowledge that each of my fellow man also possesses this attribute and treat him thusly. Is this not the meaning of equality?
It is with this in mind that I can accept the benefits of life as my decisions has determined them to be and it is with this in mind I must allow others the same right. And it is with this in mind that I must deal with any and every consequence of life as my decisions has determined them to be and I must allow others the same right also. Is this not the meaning of equality?
It is with this in mind I recognize that I can only ask for help when needed but cannot demand it. For from the idea of a free will I must recognize the right of another to deny me of their help. It cannot be forced upon them. This is the essence of the meaning of choice. It is from this I know that when help is given it is an act of charity for it was given freely and consensually.
It is from this I know the evil of force as well as its virtue. It is from this I understand my weaknesses as well as my strengths. It is from this I seek to learn from my mistakes and not wallow in self-pity when I make them thus in turn reject the pity of others. In doing so I may leave this world in debt but not without self-respect. This is the essence of the meaning of growth as a human being.