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April 4, 2013

A note on free will

I believe it is a skill that can be acquired rather something that either exists or doesn't.

In other words, some people have more free will than others.

It's not something that's baked into the fabric of the universe as philosophers and thinkers of every persuasion under the sun have debated since the subject first came up.

Why do I think it is a skill rather than something embedded into the very armature of reality?

Because where once I began a task and carried it out to completion, plugging ahead regardless, now I can undertake that same task — say, sweeping up the detritus of last night's movie watching, consisting of a floor strewn with sunflower seed shells and empty soda cans, tossed over the side of my chair during the film — and then say to myself, STOP!.

And I put the broom down and leave the floor half swept, for several hours now.

And it doesn't bother me in the least.

That, dear readers, is free will at its finest.

I take the opportunity whenever possible to suddenly break into routines of years-long repetition with such discontinuities: it is the most wonderful feeling in the world to finally emerge from a shell that I for the longest time didn't even realize was enclosing me.

Try it, you'll like it.

If you're not satisfied with the results, simply email me and I'll cheerfully refund twice what you paid for this advice.

That's the bookofjoe Way®™©.

April 4, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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everything in moderation

Posted by: rob | Apr 4, 2013 10:22:25 PM

I once read if you loose desire, you are free.

I think you are free as long as you are looking.

Posted by: joepeach | Apr 4, 2013 8:11:43 PM

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