Free will vs Freedom

People tend to overthink the meaning of free will. I believe that free will should be taken more literally. To have free will means exactly what it says: to have the liberty of will/wish/desire/dream. Free will is not freedom. Freedom comes from free do – liberty of doing stuff, liberty of action. Free will, on the other hand, only refers to the liberty of will, of the thought and/or heart. 

In the spirit world, matter doesn’t matter – it’s the thought that matters. Legends say that in the spirit world, the deity(god) gave humans the free will; I believe that free will is everything in the spirit world: in the world of dreams, having the liberty to dream turns one from a statue into an actor, from a powerless spectator into an active player. But one can’t have freedom in the spirit world, because you can’t actually do anything there(you can only think/wish/dream/will).

The only place where you can actually do stuff is the solid world, the ‘real world’. This is where freedom matters. Tie your hands and feet together and you start missing your freedom; it doesn’t block your free will – you can still dream, think, believe whatever you want. You can, however, have freedom without free will (just don’t think about anything, live your life blindly, do whatever your animal senses tell you to do and avoid having dreams, wishes and desires). You become an animal – one that lives in the present, without aspirations, sentiments and goals. 

And when you think of this, you start to understand the real difference between freedom and free will. The ability to dream, plan and desire is what differentiates a human from an animal. This unique human feature is what we call free will, and one can’t really take it away without taking away our humanity. On the other hand, freedom can(and usually is) taken away from everyone; it is never a given, and only partly possible – from the definition of the physical world, absolute freedom is impossible(the physical world being a world of physical constraints and immutable laws that one can’t break regardless of how much he wills it).

Going further on this line of thought, we notice that angels and other super beings tend to have freedom but not free will. With the power to do anything (fly, teleport, not die, etc..) they remain subjects to the will of the deity, unable to have their own desires and thoughs. In this way they are perfect opposites of men: unbound by the laws of physics, but bound by those of the spirit. Polytheist gods are more like humans, also:  complete will power, and a pretty big freedom, although not an absolute one. They, as well, have limits, laws and obstacles. Only the monotheist god is completely free – having both liberty of the  will and action, the creator of the physical world that, by definition, can bend His own laws in order to achieve his own misterious plans. 

 


The nice thing about blogs is that, rarely, once in a while, they are a source of inspiration. It all depends on your dreaming mood and/or the amount of Zaraza cognac vinars priorly ingurgitated. In this case, this was the post that remotely sparked this one.

 

 


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