“But what if science is able to prove that you really never had free will but only had the illusion that you were controlling your thoughts and your hands and feet? What if they could predict every thought and action that you would do?”

Honestly, I would never want to live in that reality.

To be blunt, there are many choices I’ve made in life that I regret, and I’m not terribly pleased with the person who I used to be. And for that reason, I’m always striving to be better and improve myself. But if everything I’ve done in my life, both good and bad, was preordained, then I don’t see the point in living the life I’ve lived. I want to be author of my own story, not just the subject of it.

That being said, the truth is sometimes ugly and depressing, so maybe Dostoevsky is correct. But if he is right, then why did human beings evolve to value personal independence as much as we do? Why wouldn’t we have evolved to be more…submissive and docile?

In any case, this was an interesting piece. Thanks for sharing!

Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.

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