I refer to a recent article by my news 24 contributor, Sharksterll, titled- Free Will- a myth or not?
I’d like to explore this theme from another angle, not in an academic sense, as this subject has been debated repeatedly down the centuries without an established conclusion between the two factions, but more a personal philosophy or understanding of sorts.
The naturalists would reply to the question of whether free will exists in the negative, seeing as they embrace a physically indifferent universe with set laws which govern the planet.
This concept is applied to human beings who are comprised of matter and energy, to include the conscious and sub conscious parts of the brain, which is regarded as being biologically determined.
Consciousness means awareness or perception and by its very definition is an intangible concept outside the area of the physical.
The understanding of the naturalists therefore renders us captives of biology by claiming humans retain as it were, a sense of primitive sub consciousness ingrained in our genetic make-up that predisposes humanity to subjugating the vulnerable of its own species, as well as that of other kinds. Ironically, the antidote proposed for this condition, to tame the wild beast within, is proposed as education or evolution which overtime would render us at least ‘controllable’ at best.
What if the problem is not biological but a mind or consciousness based one.
To paraphrase the New Testament ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind’
The problem might be that the consciousness has been so suppressed over time that people who either view themselves, or are deemed by others, to have no free will are driven by group ego based on primitive physiology.
Another huge factor that comes into play is that society’s hierarchy benefit from the lack of consciousness amongst its citizens, and use manipulation of the mind through brain washing and propaganda techniques to subdue them.
By reducing people to mindless, and soulless biological constructs who need others (those with more wisdom apparently) to define who they are, and dictate their thinking, as they are incapable of this themselves. The group or herd mentality is then established to corral individuals into enclosures and prisons of their own making.
Oddly, some naïve naturalists have forgotten their survival of the strongest mantra, on which so-called civilisation was built, entrusting education to tame the human predators amongst us, concluding we have overcome our primitive inclinations and all desire the same things.
The predators amongst us would have us believe this fable, as it suits their purposes to a tee.
An even more peculiarly are not just the predators themselves, but those whom identify with their aims and derive a sense of satisfaction as being part of the in-group, and privy to their ideals, an example of the typical group ego at play.
A person who operates from a higher consciousness than the rest will not succumb to any devious ploys, but here’s the clincher, this spark emanates from God, to the chagrin of the sceptics and their supporters.
Last question to ponder, why would the naturalists prefer the view of humankind as a mechanical primitive chained to his biological inheritance as opposed to an individualistic human being operating in awareness of his place and purpose in the universe.
It may usurp their ambitions in all likelihood.