Can you prove what you believe?
Free will? Yes and no. I believe we have free will up to a certain point. But every day life intrudes on that free will. When we watch t.v., we get messages that influence our thinking.
Let’s say we’re watching t.v., a McDonald’s ad comes on, it shows a lot of people happily eating McDonald’s with their friends. We’re being influenced by that McDonald’s ad to go out and buy McDonald’s. We might not like McDonald’s, but the ad is a stimulus. So in a way, we’re losing some of our free will if we give in and buy McDonald’s.
If someone is in the military, the government controls everything someone does. So very little free-will in the military.
If someone has a job, he has no free-will. While someone is working, he can’t do what he pleases. If he does, he wouldn’t be employed too long. Of course, he has the free-will and can quit.
If someone is broke, the money controls him. Without money you can’t do what you want, so you have very little free-will.
If someone is married, he/she has responsibility to family. So, again, you don’t have free-will. You can’t do whatever you want. Of course, you have free-will to leave the marriage.
If you’re a religious person, your faith controls you and you have to follow certain rules. You can always leave the church and then you have more free-will.
So, everybody has a certain amount of free-will, but none of us has total free-will.
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