What if I … wrote about «Free Will»

Supposedly we were born with a free will. That would mean that I have a choice always. If some nutjob behaves like a fool … says mean and ignorant things … I would have a choice: To get really mad or to disregard it in its entirety. It doesn’t feel very good to be angry, so why don’t we all choose to feel good?! In an ideal world we’d all walk around don’t giving a damn about all the stupidity we all see around us, huh … just shrugging?!

Wouldn’t that be great, if we were in charge of our of feelings?! Slightest little hint of “bad mood”, we just choose to change that feeling around to  “cheerful”!

I don’t see this happening any time soon, and I honestly have a hard time with the concept of choosing how to feel.  It’s one thing to say it and another one to feel it. I wonder what a psychiatrist would say about the issue … or one of all those motivational speakers. They seem to have answers to most things all the time.

Sometimes I read stuff online … blogs, forums, Facebook … people that I hardly know or don’t know at all … and allow myself to get really irked. They’re not even worthy of my attention because they’re already so full of themselves.

So I thought … ‘What if I write this post, maybe I can rid myself of all those feelings?!‘. It’s difficult to write it without going too deep into the subject … without touching upon religion or whether human beings were born with a sense of «right and wrong» … «good or evil», but I won’t go there.

 

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5 thoughts on “What if I … wrote about «Free Will»”

  1. Love the soliloquy style Beks! Assuming that was said out loud waiting for a response, albeit unsolicited. Did you know that you just touched the essential question that began philosophical thought? There are some ideas that can cover this topic:

    – Determinism vs. Free Will http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will
    – Omnipotence vs Free Will http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnipotence_paradox
    – And in the world of quantum mechanics – On whether to get mad or not, some philosophies argue that… BOTH will happen, and you only live out the ones you consciously made (or so you think). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interprehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger&#03http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_interpret

    Sorry if it appears boring. I eat things like this up. 😉

    1. Thank you, Reggie — I knew that I was touching upon deep and complicated stuff, so I was really careful not to go in too deep. These links, I will check out later tonight — this is stuff that I love to ponder. I will copy your comment here in Facebook and put it in the blog site itself.

  2. All I know is, if we were in charge of our feelings, they wouldn't be real. But — just like other people can manipulate our feelings — we can often lift our mood, just by our choice of music, or doing some activity or exercise that helps us get our minds of our insides and looking outside. Watching the dogs play, or the behaviour of birds (and ducks) is always a mood-lifter for me!

  3. Gillian,
    Good point — they wouldn't be real. We would have to sort of be in touch with our subconscious. And yes, I think one can train one's mind to focus on ducks cats or whatever 🙂 Watching this eaglecam too

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