Has a few recurring issues
Poetry Book Collaborator
- Oct 4, 2006
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EVERYONE has free thought. Even in the most oppresive society on earth, the one thing no one can take from you is free thought.
Free thought is one thing, free will another -- the freedom to choose, again something different.
There are limitations on all, including free thought. The confines of your mind are the most private and no one can really intrude on those without seriously invading your personal freedom, by way of drugging and torture for example -- so free thought can be violated in this sense. And what of conditioning? Does that not limit free thought to fit within the parameters of a certain scope? Also, certain mental illnesses can give the sufferer the impression that their thoughts are not their own, or that they are being recorded, streamed elsewhere or implanted into them - such internal confusion could be argued as having that freedom stripped away, if only for the perception of the individual -- this is still very much a reality though, albeit a personal one.
Free will, your freedom to act upon your thoughts, fantasies and ideas etc is limited - these limitations are set in place by laws, social understanding and in many cases, monetary aspects.
As for choices, they only present themselves when their options are exposed to you. If you have never been confronted with or exposed to the notion of a god, for example (and to stay in tone with this thread), then you have no options to choose from in this sense. You can't choose between two possibilities that have never presented themselves; you would, per default, not believe in the existence of a god, not by choice. The choice comes when the possibility of a god is made apparent.
That being said, if a person chooses to believe something, it's because, well, they chose to. No one has proven ANY belief system to be true, so ALL systems are based solely on one's willingness to believe in them.
Agree totally, under the right personal conditions.