Row your boat, free will shmee will….
And so I am mucking up the free will thoughts again in my wee mind.
It usually tells me to stop thinking about it because it doesn’t like being told
it doesn’t have free will. 😀
But oddly enough the old song popped in my mind and I thought…How is that for a philosophical argument?
Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life is but a dream.
We do not choose to be born…
we are in a boat, not by choice (the boat of life)
the stream takes us to the end….the falls…death.
However, along the way we have some choices. Will we paddle? will we jump out?
Will we end it all and just drown before we get to the end?
Admittedly some seem to be given a paddle to row with,
some two, and some none at all . (here I will admit if there is free will it is certainly
not equally distributed , consider the developmentally delayed vs a genius, and all of us in between
Consider where one is born, what type of body….wealth? easy access to things? chronic pain? or depression?)
Some seem to be given motor boats…while some of us paddle with one paddle and only one arm!
in the end…
do we not have a choice about how we face what we are given, what we have to work with and how we get to the end?
“Yet it is possible to practice the art of living even in a concentration camp, although suffering is omnipresent.”
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl
I tend to get stressed out easily. I worry a lot. And yet even thought this is my predisposition, I am able to observe how another reacts to a situation and realize that their reaction would be better for my health than my own reaction. A friend who has a gift to respond to whatever comes her way…with…
‘It’s all good.” 🙂
I have learned muchly from her.
But if we are driven by no choice/free will then wouldn’t we be NOT able to learn and adjust our behaviors even go against the flow of our nature?
I await you ….who dare to disturb my happy cognition that i choose my own way… 😀