Initially, the title for this article was going to be “Destined To Die,” after all, we are all destined to die, right?
So, when you think about it, where is our free will if we are all destined to die? Doesn’t make much sense, does it?
Unless, of course, “Free will” only means we are free to do anything we want other than deciding whether we want to live or die. Is this too big of a decision to leave it to us, mere humans?
Free will is something that very few people seem to aware of and even fewer people are able to understand.
The apostle Paul (Romans 7:19 )nail it when he said “ I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate… For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
In other words, Paul is saying that he has the desire but not the Free Will to do it.
Contrary to common belief, free will is not doing whatever we want to. Actually, it is just the opposite.
Think about it. Why is it that you do whatever it is that you do? It is either driven and/or conditioned intrinsically, e.g., your gut bacteria making you crave for something, and/or extrinsically e.g., keeping up with the Joneses.
Thus, we rarely exercise our free will.
Clearly, human behavior, despite our great advances in developing our reasoning, is still ruled by our emotions, more specifically, by our limbic system, also know as our “monkey brain.”
Under calm situations — which is almost never in our uncertain world — it is possible to exercise our ability to reason to a high degree. Yet, as soon as we encounter a situation, either too pleasant or unpleasant, our emotions begin to take over our reasoning. People die while swimming in the sea not because they don’t know how to swim but because they panic.
It’s simply anti-natural for any human not to succumb to emotions within our time and space dimension.
Anything we do within this dimension of time/space cannot be considered free because we are either driven and/or conditioned. The only way to “escape” from this dimension and conditioning is by transcending it through a higher state of being. Yet, we are almost never aware of it, let alone exercise it!
Einstein was partially right when he said that “there is no such thing” when looking at free will from a relative perspective. However, the beauty of the human mind is that it is not limited by this relative dimension of time/space. Therefore, from an absolute perspective, we can exercise free will and become the co-creators of our destiny.
Just becoming aware of this absolute perspective is an extraordinary feat in itself which very few humans have been able to accomplish. Acting based upon this awareness is even harder.
Adversity and all human suffering is an opportunity to grow at the spiritual level and to transcend this dimension, even if we are not aware of it.
Think about it.
Without adversity i.e., suffering, there can be no joy or pleasure. In other words, there can be no growth as human beings.
Please keep in mind that I’m not talking about religion here, because religion is a human construct and, as such, it cannot transcend our dimension of time and space. Only spirituality transcends the mundane. It’s just a matter of desire or true free will, but that’s a whole new topic.
The capacity to reason beyond life and death has separated humans an order of magnitude from every other creature on Earth. Only humans have developed the capability to be conscious of a higher state of being and, therefore, not only truly exercise free will but also the ability to live forever!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.