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Are our actions determined, or are we free? (Free Will & Determism)
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Posted 1/23/07
i don't think our life is determined.
I believe in Sarte "Existence Precedes Essence"
We create our own choices...Individually not determined
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Posted 7/20/07
free will..your destiny in life will depend upon the choices you make today..got it?./.
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28 / M / England
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Posted 7/20/07
I think there is no external 'being' or 'entity' controlling us. It's more of an internal one, after all we aren't really free to do what we want, because a lot of what people want may be illegal. I think we are all controlled by our own choices, it's the choices from early on in our life's that determine who and what we are in our adulthood.
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Posted 7/20/07
i believe that we humans have freewill to choose our destinys, with the exception of those things that are beyond human control. i also believe that God somehow has our lives planned out from life to death. So my theory is God has several versions of how our life will take course. Freewill is the 'fork' in the pathway of life, but the paths are predestined. We have the power to walk thru the door but we have no controll of whats behind the door.....if that makes any sense.
Posted 7/26/07
we have God-given free will.
Freedom is slavery. War is Peace. Ignorance is strength.~1984
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Posted 7/26/07
i can't say
my teach once told me that we are controled by our mind, but at the same time we control ourselves
i didn't really get that
i'm really confused now
Posted 9/29/07
I watch a lot of XxxHolic, and I have to say an example. If we survived a plane crash then is is both our choices and our fate ( destiny,God's choice,Hitsuzen- XxxHolic reference XD!!!) that help us stay alive. True our choices helps us, but it is up to fate if it works. So all in all, I am saying we have the power to choose our own path; but this does not mean devils_rival's reason. : doesI watch a lot of XxxHolic, and I have to say an example. If we survived a plane crash then is is both our choices and our fate ( destiny,God's choice,Hitsuzen- XxxHolic reference XD!!!) that help us stay alive. True our choices helps us, but it is up to fate if it works. So all in all, I am saying we have the power to choose our own path; but this does not mean devils_rival's reason. :
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Posted 9/29/07
hmmm....if our action was pre determined...then what is the basis of that determination?...our past work? or karma? and determined by who?..it must be God.so God must be determining our action on the basis of our past work or karma...because surely god isnt someone who will randomly decide ones destiny...there will be some logic behind it.so if our action can be determined by our past work....then surely we can change our future action or destiny with our present work or karma.....to a great extent atleast.

but having said that...i dont believe we have complete free will or we can change entire destiny on our own.....i believe we are more like cows tied to some post with a rope...and the length of that rope signifies our free will...like that cow can move freely upto the length of the rope hes tied with..but not more after that...so its more like we have limited free will...
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Posted 9/29/07
I say it's hitsuzen(fate). Coz what are we? Who control us? Ppl say we control ourselves. BUT do we really know?? I say our life is already planned BUT it's also for us to take action. So I say everything is hitsuzen.(I agree with Rukia & I too watch alot of xxxholic.)

BUT in the end, we make the choices.(that goes with hitsuzen.)
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Posted 9/29/07
This is so Harry Potterish!

Anyway, yes, we have free will in a way that we determine how to live our lives, but only to an extent. Because with free will comes the rules/laws which we must follow in order to maintain that so called free will.

Example, we have the right to live. (That's still free will) However, without the laws which governs, people will be killing each other, therefore, taking away others will to live. (Confusing, I know.)

About that pre-determined thing. I don't think so. It goes gainst human nature. How can you be designed to "be/live" that way? Especially with all the choices you make everyday, (remember, each choice leads to a different road.) How can you tell if it's a "destined thing?"

There is no point in being human if your life was already designed for you. We might as well all be robots.
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Posted 9/29/07
i dont believe in fate!!!
cause i dont like the idea that we are not incontroll in our life...
-Neo Anderson- from Matrix... hehehe
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24 / M / Guess...
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Posted 9/29/07
I think we are in control of our life, but we are in control to a center extent, like life is a fork in the road if u go this way (to the left for example) you can choose between these things that can happen, but your life only builds up to a certain extent, so you can choose how far u can be, but also that is determined by fate, to sum it up it is like this to me, you can choose your own path, but the paths have already been paved for u.
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33 / M / NC
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Posted 9/29/07
As far as we know it, we are in control of our lives after taking into account known factors outside of our control (ie the forking road, the myriad of coincidences, etc) Even if our lives have been predestined, the lack of awareness to that information gives us at the very least, the illusion of choice. I risk sounding like the Architect from the Matrix and boring everyone else with some convoluted explanation, so I will just end here.
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38 / F / Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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Posted 9/29/07
I believe that sometimes we have free will, and sometimes we don't. If I'm remembering what I learned in a Metaphysical philosophy correctly, I think my view point is called "soft determinism". We just can't control all of the factors in our lives, but I think that most of the time, we can control our reaction to the people and events that surround us.
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Posted 10/30/07
Our actions are predetermined by our free will. Our fate is predetermined by our free will. Our free will predetermines what we will do and where we'll head. What do you will freely of? Reexamine yourself.

Of course, our free-will will only predetermine our future state of being, not outside forces that we also have to deal with...other people's free will, natural occurrences, and universal laws.
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