Are We Free to Make Our Own Choices?

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Are We Free to Make Our Own Choices?

Pre-destination can often bring up the

question as to whether we as humans

control our own actions. Are we free to

make our own choices, or is everything we

do pre-determined by a supernatural being

of some sort? Is it safe to say that we

are responsible for our own choices? Do

we own a free will that allows us to

choose our life path, or are our actions

pre-determined, making our exertions

useless? In a society that believes in a

God who is in control of our lives, this

is a difficult question and problem to

discuss. But through a series of

questions, arguments, and examinations I

hope to influence you that we do have a

free will and are quite able to make our

own choices.

To begin to answer the questions stated

in my introduction, we must first cut the

fat off the widely used definition of

choice. Defining choice in this

situation can be a difficult task. One

must be careful in using this word. A

popular definition of choice could be a

mental process through which an

individual weighs the consequences of

their actions to create an ideal image of

their preference to the outcome of their

actions. But, when you look at this

definition you see that it suggests that

someone who fails to carefully analyze

their actions doesn抰 actually make

choices. Can we assume by this

definition that choices are free? I

believe we can say yes because according

to this definition if we do carefully

analyze our actions we create the outcome

that we choose. On the other hand some

people may say no. They may say that if

we do not reflect carefully on our

actions, we are not taking responsibility

for them, leaving the cause of the action

to some other force. So, in essence, I

believe that answering yes to the

definition above is valid卋ut wait a

minute. When looking at the word

responsibility in the 搉o� side of the

argument, one may still draw up a few

questions that need to be explained and

answered. If we are ignorant of our own

responsibility in taking a course of

action, how are we to know that we are

not reflecting carefully on our actions?

What are the standards of responsibility

when reflecting on our actions? What if

we do something wrong that we do not know

is wrong? To answer these criticisms I

believe that ignorance of our actions is

natural and cannot affect our ability to

rationalize to the best of our ability.

In a given situation where it is

impossible to know what is best, we have

the ability to do what we think is best

in that given situation. Assuming that an

individual has the power to think about

and carefully consider choices, I can

theorize that they do have a free will

within them that they can bring out in

any situation, even if the person has no

knowledge of what to do in that certain

situation.

Some people may not be ready to believe

my conclusion as stated above. Is this a

reasonable response to believe? Let me

elaborate. I believe it is safe to say

that most people around here, and even

across the nation, were brought up to

believe in an omnipotent, omniscient God.

I also believe that most people around

here believe they have a free will. Does

this make sense? Can we put these two

things together? I don抰 think anyone

can really meet halfway in this

situation. But it seems that a lot of

people choose to do this anyway. It

seems to me that the people that 搒it the

fence� tend to think that they have total

power and control in making small,

insignificant choices and that God has

total control of large, meaningful

choices. They may say that they chose to

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