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?