Free Will / By Jeff Foster


Is there free will or no free will? Perhaps it was always the wrong question. A more fundamental question: Is there anyone here separate from life in the first place, who can ‘have’ free will or not? Perhaps even the appearance of free will and choice, or lack of them, are not personal at all. Perhaps ‘free will’ and ‘lack of free will’ are just two more concepts arising and dissolving in the non-conceptual vastness that you are….

10 comments on “Free Will / By Jeff Foster

  1. Ido Lanuel says:


    And also – welcome friend, thanks for joining ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We all just have to stop believing our thoughts. than, it is all seen.

  3. Perhaps the “Theater” you are feeling like, is a soul, learning how things work and what is relevant and what is not.

  4. Ian Gardner says:

    Ido, if you wish to learn more you may search my writings for the words “free will” or, better still for you, read it all in the recommended order so that what you learn is in the correct context.

  5. Above Matter says:

    My thoughts on free will — On a spiritual level I believe we ALL have free will. There may be an ultimate ends but during this flash of physical life, which allows us to experience things, we faced with trials and we choose our direction, do I commit this crime or do I not. Knowing about life and experiencing it are very different. In my mind, through reason this only makes sense because its how we evolve. You cannot become an adult without being a child first. Some may have more difficult trials than other and there is a reason for that. The more difficult the trial you overcome, the more you will evolve. Regardless if we fail or succeed we will continue towards the same ends, it just might take longer.

  6. If your take on free will is correct then we lose our way blaming or praising others , at least non-arbitrarily, which is concerning. Imagine life without praise, or life with praise but praise that is meaningless. In a recent book “Reason’s debt to Freedom” the author, my PhD supervisor, Ish Haji , explains why free will is needed to make claims about moral obligation. At first glance one might say – so what? But we feel that many are morally obligated to act and we praise those that do not act accordingly and blame others that fail to act accordingly, sometimes that blame results in punishment and often that interaction affects our interpersonal relationships, which, is a good thing. After all, if we didn’t blame the cheating spouse would we ever leave them. If we didn’t praise the child that could go either way in life would he be as willing to continue on with his studies.

    I enjoyed your take, I really did, but my concerns lie with moral responsibility and it’s connection with the sort of free will that you’re considering.

    Thanks for the post, keep em coming ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. If we don’t have free will, there’s no point even having this conversation.

    But then if we don’t have free will, we can’t help it.

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