Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Where's the free will?

People say they have control on their lives. They believe they are totally aware of and free to make the decisions they make. They think they are unique with unique experiences, and that their lives are leading to something unique and different than others. Frankly, I think it's more of a wishful thinking and in part a denial of lack of control/choice in their lives.

Of course every individual has some unique experiences as they occupy a unique location and have a unique perspective and perception of the proceedings of this world. But does that mean they are unique? It may mislead someone for once when asking people about their aspirations and motivations of life. Every person will tell something different about their goals and expectations. But the pattern gradually emerges from those various details.
 
Hidden beneath those superficial goals, an undeniable determined pattern comes out. A pattern that is universal and applies to all that we care to call alive. The pattern we call the life cycle - survival and reproduction/spread of traits/genes. If anything can be taken as fact about this existence it is not the newton's laws or the relativity theories or the m-theory, it is the theory of evolution. It is so true and revealing that its realization makes a person so insecure and run into denial as though one's clothes suddenly disappeared in middle of a crowd and runs for cover. But life itself is to blame.
 
The theory reveals the underlying coldness of life. It reveals that underlying machinery of every human is the same. So much so that the justifications of one's life and values start looking like mere excuses to living through the mundane life cycle out of fear of death and desire towards short lived biological pleasures. Every person aspires and lives for the same things which are relative successes for- resources, mates, children and their success. No human is exception, let alone humans, no entity down to molecular level is exception to this process.

Humans then appear like robots, puppets of their circumstances, falling into aligning themselves with their life cycle phases- preoccupied with acquiring resources and status, preoccupied with interactions with would be/acquired mates, preoccupied with having children or success of had children. The ones not participating in them being the rejects adopting indirect ways to promote the same or those mulling in state of depression.
 
It shows that life if anything is only bad and no good, and the issues and problems are naturally occurring integral indispensable part of life, that any prospect or effort for their resolution is a self contradiction. This is even more revealing when one realizing the pains and conflicts caused by own actions attempts to self regulate oneself in order to avoid causing them or becoming a part of them, at the end comes out blank, finding oneself ending up losing any whatsoever meaning or drive to this life, realizing that there is no other way to survive. Life does not offer anything beyond this bleak cycle, there is hardly anything else we can do or like in this life. Life is red in tooth and claw.
 
Lastly, it shows that ours is a deterministic existence, that we are merely links in the energy changes of the universe, predisposed to live through details/derivatives of a preset cycle out of some sort of universal necessity, and rightly takes away the notion of free will.

If ours was not a deterministic existence, an underlying clear pattern of anything would not have been possible. But it has, and it shows nobody is in choice or control, that the universe is mindless and blindly unwinding on its own. Rightly mindless, there is hardly anything that makes sense or value in this monotonous life of pointless pains and unreal pleasures.
 
I think people are more like ants zoomed in. Divided and sorted into various task specific areas by the society's various filtering and sorting processes. People getting created and dying like ants in all kinds of ways all the time. Human life hardly having any greater meaning or goal than that of an ant. We are living an ant's life, it's just that our lives are more elaborate. May be every species perceives about self that way. But still, life hardly has any true value or goal, or anything that concerns us or our feelings and hardships that we go through or put others through. Sadly, we can not do anything about it. Life will just go on the way it is till the universe's conditions cause it. Sigh.

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