Originally posted by sonhouse
So you figure if you come into your house and find your daughter about to be raped and you have a gun and you then have the choice to shoot the bastard or just hold him for the cops and you choose the latter, you didn't do that because of free will? If most people came into that situation a lot of them would shoot with no hesitation so which one is acting on free will or are they both programmed to do what they, in retrospect, did?
I really do religously believe in the free will. Therefore I don't believe that the future is set already. The future does not exist until we enter it.
This is my opinion, but I cannot prove it, I cannot ever reason to make it the most 'logical' choice. That's why I call it my religous belief.
If I doesn't have any free will, exactly like the characters in a movie, every frame is there already. We can see a bad man breaks in in the Fabian recidence to rape his daughter. We can see the Fabian tries to find the gun, takes it and then shoots the rapist. We can see the same sceen one time after the other, and the exactly the same thing happen, ovre and over again. The poor fellow Fabian cannot do anything about it, he just plays along. The scene is set, the outcome is set. The poor one cannot do anything about it.
But what would the movie-Fabian feel his situation? He doesn't know what's in the next frame, he cannot jump out of the film and se what will happen a few yards ahead in the film. He cannot stop and read the manuscript to prepare himspelf and hinder the rape of his daughter. He just play along. Whatever decision he makes, it feels for him that it is really his decision. But we know, the spectators, that he takes the same decision every time we watch the film. He cannot change anything. Ever time we watch the moveie we know that if only he enters his home just five minutes earlier he can prevent the rape, and the only one living his life unhappy is the rapist. Fabian himself along with his daughter are saved from future problems with the justice.
But my religious belive is that I live my life for myself. Noone has written a manuscript for my life, that I follow to the letter, unwillingly. I decide for myself. I have the free will to change the future to the better. Or worse, if I decide so.
This last sentence I write on my free will. Or perhaps it's an illusion that it's really free will. Perhaps the Great Manuscript Writer has thought up this already,only for me to follow. But it feels like I decide to write this sentence.