Do human beings really have free will?

@marvit79 (342)
Italy
December 3, 2006 6:09pm CST
Do we really choose what to do or do we do whatever it is that seems to be the best decision at any given moment?
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18 responses
• Pakistan
4 Dec 06
i dont beleive in the free will.... if u r practicing any religion then u cant have or very very small..... but if u r communist( that is practising no religion) then ur will is free
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
4 Dec 06
How about those you live under communist rule....do they have free will. I think not.
@weehihi (132)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
everybody has freewill..atheist or not..with religion or nothing at all..whatever you believe in, freewill is within us..we alrdy have that since we're born. it's part of us. we choose to do this or that, we choose to do bad or good..simply said, we always choose...we always have a choice and that's freewill..
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
Bunny2 - Bunny2
Yes, in Australia human beings have free will, but some of us have to struggle with our conscience as to what decisions we make.
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@barcir (932)
• Italy
4 Dec 06
I do whatever I think to be the best decision
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• United States
4 Dec 06
This can be debated endlessly. The best book I am aware of concerning this topic is , BEYOND FREEDOM AND DIGNITY by B.F. Skinner. The short answer, imho, is that, yes, free will exists for humans but that its nature is much different than commonly assumed.
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
31 Jan 07
That's a really interesting question. Often we make decisions under the impression that we are deciding alone, but in reality we have been influenced by the people around us, peer pressure, our culture and the media. Quite often we are actually being guided in our decisions by others more powerful and influential than ourselves.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
24 Jan 07
As my daughters probation officer tells me, you choose to make choices in your life.
@hothoty (115)
• China
20 Dec 06
I don`t know.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
20 Dec 06
Yes we do have free will and that is irrespective of whether we live in a democratic country or not. For example in a democracy we can elect our leaders and if they don't do the job they promise to, we can choose to elect them out of office. That is free will. In other countries where they do not have free democratic elections, they can choose to fight the government or accept what is dished out to them. That is free will because they choose not to do anything about their circumstances. Some will flee their country and that is free will once again. When we make decisions we have to live with them, sometimes those decisions are right and sometimes not but in making the decision we are acting on our free will. We are the masters of our own destiny and if we don't like something then we can choose to change the situation.
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
Not at all!..We had our free will in some things!...Eventhough im in a democratic country, but still i need to follow the rules, laws, and all the legal things!..I know its just for my own sake!..It's one way of disciplining ourselves!..It is an act of obedience!
@weehihi (132)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
human being have a choice..always..God give us freewill..even if He's omnipotent and omniscient, it's still our choice y we live how we live right now, y we do wat we're doing right now.. He knew everything..every single thing that we will about to do but then the act itself, the choosing, is ours...so that's freewill..yes we do have freewill...
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
God gives us wisdom. The Word of God is the Holy Bible. What is right or wrong, good or bad, everything are all in the Bible. God laid down all that He wanted to be done. If we obey God, that's what He likes. If we disobey, He doesn't compel us to follow Him. If we follow the Bible, whatever situation we are in, we know what to do. If there is doubt, consult the Bible. If we do not obey God, we are free to do whatever we like, right or wrong, good or bad. It depends upon the person and the circumstances. I'd like to emphasize that it's God who gives wisdom.
• India
13 Dec 06
Well the fact is we always do have the freedom to choose which depend on whether one is conscious of it .. and coming to best decisions..not quite sure ..as decisions are take keeping the future in view most of the times
@rmuxagirl (7562)
• United States
13 Dec 06
doing whatever seems best at the given moment is still our choice. We have the free will to make any decisions we want no matter what it is or whether it seems the best or worst at the time. It's still a decision we make and no one or nothing else makes that decision. We do whatever we do simply because we want to do it.
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I think they do. Then they have to face the repercussions of the decision. If we didnt, we will not have all these inventions plus polution in this world. Do you agree?
@Darkwing (21588)
13 Dec 06
I have conquered the art of choosing what I do, and carrying it through. There have been times in my life though, when I've had to think of other people and falter occasionally. Now, I just do my own thing and to heck with what everybody else thinks about it. :-)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 06
? i see i like i buy
@milagre (1272)
• Portugal
4 Dec 06
You have the freedom to choose anything you want but as you have to think about consequences and profits before you do any step your choises are always conditioned. Meaning free will is there but under bounderies.
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
4 Dec 06
I have a choice in that which I want to do and many times I do it because it seems the best at the moment. I must admit, however, that later I may regret my decision but it seemed great at the time. I think I might have made a different choice had I given it more thought the original action was made of my own free will. Perhaps there are times and conditions when we have no choice in the matter but I dont think that means we don't have free will. I am talking as an adult about adults. Children perhaps have less of a free will as they are not experienced enough to make a choice between one thing or another. I can't see too much difference in choosing what we want or doing what ever we want because we think its right. When we choose what we want aren't we therefore thinking it's the right thing to do. We do both at our own free will with no one else influencing our choice.