do you believe that we always have a choice?
May 13, 2010 5:11am CST
i just suddenly remembered in philosophy class, we learned this philosophy that we always have a choice. i think it was jean paul sartre who said that we always have a choice, even not choosing is a choice. well, when you think about it, the guy does have a point. if you choose not to choose, that's still your choice right? so what do you think about this?
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15 May 10
Without a doubt. If you choose not to do anything, you chose not to do anything. If you decide to do anything, you made a choice right there. Say that you were held captive at some place, you still have a choice if you want to fight back or just be obedient to your captors and wait for whatever is in store. Everyone has a choice. Sometime we can make a lot of choices while some need to have chances to be able to choose since some individuals have limited choices to choose from. Then again, if they decide to accept that they have limited choices, that's their choice again as well.
22 May 10
I just had a question like that in my psychology class. Our teacher asked us if we believed that we always have a choice, and I think that we do have a choice. We can't always choose the things that happen, but we can choose how we react. For instanse if you lose your job, you can't just choose to get it back, but you can choose your attitude. You can choose between thoughts like: "This a disaster. I am never going to find another job" or thoughts like: "It might be difficult to find a new job, but it is not impossible, and a new job is a chance to learn something new, meet new people and get new kinds of experiences. That will be interesting and challenging".
23 May 10
yeah, i had that question in philosophy too. and yes, that is a good way of thinking about it. i believe that you do get handed the circumstances in life, then you get to decide on how you will react. there comes your choice then. if you choose to do nothing, then you still made a choice.
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13 May 10
That sounds about right to me. I'd say that you can't choose when you're born or when you'll pass, but everything in between is nothing but choices. The terrible thing about this, of course, is that if we're in a bad place, it's because we got ourselves there through our many choices and actions. The beautiful thing, though, is that it also means we can always choose to make better choices to get ourselves out of our current situation.
13 May 10
I do believe that is right. You always have a choice no matter what. When we say ' I've got no choice but to do this or that', it usually is that the other choice may be not good for us or not beneficial or taking too long or more difficult. Not choosing is, yes, you are exercising your right not to choose.
9 Aug 10
Life is always a choice. Even not choosing is a choice because you are changing the course of your life, veering from opportunities that may be available but you pass up on by not choosing. By not choosing we are still changing some part in the course of history, be it in our life or in the lives of others.