The Incidental Choice of Freewill and Determinism, No.548

When one chooses not to choose, he is still choosing. When an act of volition occurs, it does so within the consciousness that acts. Externally, all acts are reflections of earlier circumstances and situations. One acts according to an act that has taken place, determined by the antecedent occurrences surrounding it. As the future reflects on the past and present, so does the choosing agent. His motives result in determinations which, of his being-in-the-world, come about through a free will which offers the possibilities and contingencies that can only occur within realm of choice. A man being led to his last meal has the choice of sitting calmly or lunging out at the forces that lead him to his end. His situation, being the result of choices made which proved to decide his present predicament, is the result of his contrariness and lack of respect for the sociological order enacted by others, which, incidentally, he hadn’t chosen for himself. He may have devised and designed a totally different society, but the choice of where he was born absolutely nothing at this point. His freedom of choice, influenced by the external determination of forces, led him to choose within a particular framework and, in essence, limited his total freedom and his ability to choose an existence free from the laws of society and, therefore, free from the life of his choosing.

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