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Is free will real or just an illusion?

a dilemma, to believe in karma -‘what goes around comes around’- or que sera sera- ‘whatever will be, will be

Free will means that human beings possess the power of acting without the constraint or guidance of fate.  However, atheists make claims about fourth dimensions and superior beings, religious fanatics about Gods and their power –challenging that everything is pre-determined, making it impossible for anything else to happen.

My parents raised me to believe that your choices in life ultimately decides where you end up, that no success is handed to you till you pay your dues. As no two people share the same genetic material, no two people look at the world same, share similar thought processes or decision-making, leading to the diversification of personas seen in the 7 billion people co-existing. Every relationship-personal or professional– is a product of your emotional understanding, endurance and effort, no work goes unrewarded, i.e. Life is fair. Your free will determines your fate, and the power is in your hands.

We also need to take in account that we are dealt unequal cards in the game of life, some are born into richer families and others, birthed in a mount of debt; some are blessed with angelic parents, while some are orphaned. Though we share some commonality, we are ultimately broken through disparate traumas and some have it harder than the others with the odds they face at far disadvantage. If free will doesn’t exist, what is the deciding factor in this unequal distribution of fates?

If free will doesn’t exist, what is the deciding factor in this unequal distribution of fates?

However, I do recall my mother saying, at every bad turn of my life that, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ In those difficult years, I’d fight back the premise, enveloped in a cynical view of the world. However, the perspective that I had struggled to gain was that, ‘everything happens for a reason’ does not mean that every life-altering event will be happy, but merely that it needs to be life altering. A person undergoes the good and the bad phases of their life to procure experiences, which in turn adds a value to your mind space that was ultimately necessary for you to learn. Owing to that, it has managed to resonate with such a wide audience, reminding them of the evolutionary purpose of painto teach you what is not good for you. In this way, I feel that free will is an illusion, and the situations you are to face in life, pre-determined.

everything happens for a reason’ does not mean that every life-altering event will be happy, but merely that it needs to be life altering.

For me, it has been a dilemma, to believe in karma -‘what goes around comes around’- or que sera sera- ‘whatever will be, will be‘- and growing up I’ve seen my fair share of examples that stand behind each of these sentiments. If someone asked me at gunpoint, I’d say that free will existswe independently are to be blamed or praised for our downfalls and  accomplishments, yet sometimes a guardian angel seems to be looking over, forcing us on short detours, maybe to equip us with the knowledge, experience and strength that nudge us to take informed, intelligent life decisions in the right direction.

5 thoughts on “Is free will real or just an illusion?

  1. These are beautiful reflections. Every experience in life is an opportunity to understand our true nature or dive more deeply into the drama of the world – or many times a mix of both
    It is this sense of persistent enquiry that opens us towards a deeper intuitive guidance
    All the questions stem from within. Where all the answers lie in wait

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    1. I think the last sentence of your comment sums it up! It’s probably more a question on who you are and what your beliefs make you believe and not an absolute that can be understood the same by everyone

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