“You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit and if I can’t figure it out, then I go on to something else, but I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is so far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me.” ~ Richard Feynman
The question of free will is are we driven by our personal thoughts, feelings and desires or rather by the fundamental laws of nature. Whether we govern ourselves, or nature pulls the strings, can prove to be an exercise in chasing one’s own tail, for the concept of free will relies upon a key misguided assumption.
The primary premise of free will is the basic egoic misconception that the individual and their drives are something separate from, but dependent upon, an unfeeling natural world which may or may not be impassionately exercising its prerogative over us. When viewed properly one observes that everything, including a person and their will, is the very nature they suspect controls them, and when there is only one party there can be no master, and no slave. Therefore when one acknowledges themselves to be the universe, and that they came out of it, rather than into it, it becomes apparent that the physical and psychological realms are nothing more than fabricated conceptions of the same universal indivisible energy.
We can’t be controlled by an external force when we see ourselves to be that force. So whether or not one determines themselves free depends on if they choose to imagine themselves a discrete individual, or see themselves as the continuous universe.
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer