Freewill and Determinism differs not in kind but in degree.
I say this because I believe from my experience that freewill is not the same for everyone. Some people have less freewill than others.
I feel that there are certain factors which make this degree of freewill different in different people. Some of them may be-
- Attitude– Its obvious. If a person has a positive attitude and he/she thinks positive and does not let the mind bring in the negative automatic thoughts then the person will have more freewill than a person who lets his/her mind do its thing.
- Stage of Development– If a person is in the stage Blue(lower) of Spiral Dynamics and another person who is in the stage Yellow(higher) of Spiral Dynamics then the person in the Yellow stage feels like he has more freewill and maybe he has more freewill as in he is not as confined by his sense of self(ego) as the stage Blue person.
- Realization of the illusion of freewill– Now I said that a higher stage or higher conscious person has more freewill but here I mean ego when I say the illusion of freewill. In my opinion there is freewill but the egotistical person does not have freewill but he thinks he has it. And the higher conscious person who realises that he was fooling himself before when he was egotistical, he has real free will.
- Thinking that synchronicity makes freewill impossible– One forgets that there is something called consciousness and being. When we are conscious we can do many things that would have been otherwise impossible. Like controlling any emotion that we have. If you feel angry and you feel like it’s inappropriate then you are conscious and you would likely try to control your anger and be present in the moment. This consciousness is what makes freewill real in my opinion. Without consciousness maybe freewill never existed.
- And many other factors.
So there are some factors which decide to what degree a person has freewill. This is purely my opinion.
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