The Question Of Free Will Versus Fate

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The question of free will--the idea that we are free to make
decisions unhindered by external forces--is very disconcerting to
deal with because most people are not willing to accept that we are
not in control of our lives. It is also controversial because it wrestles with the idea of a world possibly without moral
responsibility. If there is no free will how do we hold a person
responsible for molesting someone or for stealing? If someone
actually didn't decide to do either of those things but rather
was just going through the motions then it doesn't seem right to
hold them culpable. Consider the concept of free will in the
example of walking on the street and find a wallet with $200 inside
of it. Do you sent it back to the person finding their address on
the driver's license inside of it, take the $200 and leave the
wallet, or just put the wallet back where you found it as is? Many
factors arise when considering your decision with what to do in this
situation. Maybe you have lost your wallet before and know how it
feels and therefore associate your loss with the person's loss.
Possibly you were raised that the right thing to do is to send the
wallet back. Perhaps you are low on money and need to pay for
surgery to save your best friend.

Regardless, most decisions are based on factors including
personal experiences, genes, upbringing, current circumstances,
preferences, and morals. The first four factors previously
mentioned are out of our control. The last two are internal issues
that will be discussed later with brain processes. If our decision-
making capability only comes from these aspects then the truth is
that our choices are simply the result of reasons that have control
over us. Yet, if there is something else that governs our choices,
where does it come from and why does it make the decisions it does?
A common argument is that any final choice we make is simply a
feeling inside of us that makes the conclusion on whether to take
the wallet or not. The external and internal factors may lean us
toward a decision but ultimately we have the last say. Yet, still
questions arise to this such as why do we make this final decision
if not from these factors? Where did these morals or whatever the
case may be come from? It is difficult to argue for the concept of
fate or determinism and say this was all planned out from the beginning of time knowing some things in nature happen randomly--
meaning given the same circumstances two opposite results can and
often do happen (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle). One factor of
thisprinciple is illustrated with the example that if you throw a
ball against a wall it will bounce off in the same direction each
time. However, if you take an atom and throw it off a wall there
are endless directions it ricochets when repeated. If one argues
that a decision they made came from nowhere, nothing affected a
man/woman to have them and are completely random, then they...

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