I believe we have limited freedom, about 30% free and the rest is not under our control.
It is not our choice about:
~how wealthy our parents are so they can give us the best and ensure our future,
~how the genes we inherited affect our health and intelligence,
~getting into accidents,
~marrying the wrong person,
~the religion we were brought up with
and so on.
Here's what scares me. Besides not having the power to choose how our life is set up for us, some say we can't do anything using free will. Even our thoughts are not free.
Some neuroscientists have said any decision you make is not truly free but actually determined by neural processes outside of your conscious control. It's like really being an android, not what we think of as human.
The quotes below are from the link Neuroscience and Free Will Are Rethinking Their Divorce
"Luckily, for those who find this state of affairs philosophically (or existentially) perplexing, things are starting to look up. Thanks to some new breakthrough studies, including one published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers in Germany, there’s now some evidence pointing in the other direction: The neuroscientists are backtracking on past bold claims and painting a rather more appealing account of human autonomy. We may have more control over certain processes than those initial experiments indicated."
“A person’s decisions are not at the mercy of unconscious and early brain waves,” the lead researcher, Dr. John-Dylan Haynes of Charité - Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, said in the study’s press release. “They are able to actively intervene in the decision-making process and interrupt a movement. Previously people have used the preparatory brain signals to argue against free will. Our study now shows that the freedom is much less limited than previously thought.”
By this article I can at least have most of my thoughts free. I can still hope that maybe my arbitrary estimate of 30% control of my free will is in my life circumstances, not in my personal thoughts. Still not much but better than nothing!
Deep inside me I feel my free will. Maybe not in my circumstances or accidental events but I still feel it.
Any thoughts you might like to share?