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Is "Free Will" good, even though it introduces the possibility of us doing wrong and being imperfect?

Asked by: Bannanawamajama
  • Imperfection is a worthy goal

    There is no such thing as perfect, and if there was, the meaning would be lost from our lives. Free will is there so that we can constantly seek to reach goals. Good and bad, wrong and right are both matters of perception, and while you can argue that there are things that border on empirical harms and benefits, I would say that the only reason we can make that assessment, the only reason we can sit here and debate it, is free will. There would be no right or wrong in a world absent free will because there would just be. Morality would not exist because we could make no choices. The only way that things like that matter are when free will exists.

  • Neither good nor evil

    Without freewill we would not have progress since it is freewill which allows us to think for ourselves and disagree with others, more importantly to create change. At the same time we must balance our own desire to choose with the society we live in. Cultures which inhibit the ability to choose with religious or ideological dogma tend to stagnate.

  • Neither good nor evil

    Without freewill we would not have progress since it is freewill which allows us to think for ourselves and disagree with others, more importantly to create change. At the same time we must balance our own desire to choose with the society we live in. Cultures which inhibit the ability to choose with religious or ideological dogma tend to stagnate.

  • Is Perfection Worth It?

    What would be perfect? To me, taking free will out of the equation leads to a mindless drone dystopia. You've seen the movies. The definition of perfect changes depending on who you ask. The point about the cannibalistic society earlier was good, but we also have to realize they have different morals and ideals than us. In the Mayan age, being sacrificed to the gods was considered an honor. Nowadays its illegal. Do we have the right, or the knowledge, to determine what the absolute good is? Maybe we're all wrong and evil is the true for of good because it lacks any pretense. Maybe we're right and good is based on empathy and understanding. Who can say? Would perfection be worth losing choice? Could it ever BE perfect if not chosen?

    Posted by: Maia
  • Yes, it is part of God's plan.

    Yes, a free will is good, even though it introduces the possibility of doing wrong and being imperfect, because it is only through free will that good works and good acts can truly be good. The free will allows people to show how truly loving and kind the human race can be to each other.

  • "Man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what is a heaven for."

    Without free will there could be no virtue. Virtue is not necessarily being perfect, but rather striving to be so, CHOOSING what is "good" despite the fact that it is most often more difficult than what is "evil". While the meaning of "good" and "evil" may be up for discussion, in terms of human action, each is based in choice, and choice depends on free will as a definitional requirement.

    Consider:
    Sacrifice is the CHOICE to give up or to do without something for the benefit of another.
    Kindness is virtuous because we could CHOOSE to be cruel or indifferent instead.
    Honesty is only virtuous because the CHOICE to be truthful requires courage.
    Fortitude is only virtuous because it is hard and requires the repeated CHOICE to continue in the face of fear or weariness.
    Prudence is virtuous because we must CHOOSE to be careful; one cannot be accidentally prudent.
    Thrift is only virtuous because we must CHOOSE not to waste what we have.
    Justice is virtuous because we must CHOOSE to examine the rights of all, CHOOSE to deliberate between opposing claims, and CHOOSE to deny one party or another that which is in contention.

  • Your presupposition is incorrect.

    Free will does not introduce the possibility of us doing wrong and being imperfect. There is no evidence to suggest that if we lacked free will, that we would be perfect and do no wrong. In fact, I would suggest that a Creator who could bestow free will upon us, but chose not to, would be a malevolent one.

  • What about Evil?

    I think having free will gives you the chance to experiment both worlds, good and evil. Then again what do you think it would be like to have no free-will? We would not be human but rather robot-like. Also having no free has a serious draw back we could not undertake as human species. Because if we did not have free-will, there is a chance that we would be programmed or high wired to do nothing but evil? Don't you agree?

  • No one has free will. Sorry i have dyslexia...Ect.I will try my best.

    Keeping religion out of this.
    No matter what we're still animals and we ally on our environment to build our mind set.Saying we have free will,is the same as saying that we're not connected with the world around us.We are part of nature. That will never stop,It's grips will never let go.That's not a bad thing because the grips of nature are the same thing's driving us ford/evolving.Sam Harris can explain more,the basic idea is there. http://youtu.be/_FanhvXO9Pk

  • In a way, it is not

    When taken in to a societal whole, free will is a weakness. But when one examines individuals one may see that free will allows the stronger members of the human race to survive and excel by making their own, more intelligent choices. The only thing that defines what is "wrong" is the government and society we have. Try asking a cannibalistic society if cannibalism is "wrong". Free will creates schisms and more weakness, destroying the established order. The only thing that free will can do that is "right" in a society is upset the established order and create a more powerful, more endurable one. This cycle will continue forever, and is bound too us.


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GWL-CPA says2013-12-24T03:54:48.497
Free will is an illusion