Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Letting Go: pt 2

Motivation, causality and subsequent effect in relation to human action/reaction. This is a concept not easily understood. In the past, those who have thought they had the answers, usually suspected that these answers involved-in some form-a concept of free will.

When I was 16 in highschool, I had an advanced placement philosophy class (which I got a D in by the way). Of course, it didn't take long to get onto the concept of free will. Pretty much all of the philosophers we talked about agreed that to varying degrees, we had free will. I proposed another possibility; That our actions are merely the direct causation of all previous events in our lives. Most people don't like this concept as it implies the ability to escape responsability, which I can sympathise with. However, I came to realize that the concept I proposed several years ago is not entirely accurate and much too simplified. It fails to take into account several factors.

When I was little, I used to wonder; Why do we think in english? Do french people think in french? Of course, the answer seems obvious now; yes, of course. But why do english speaking people think in english and french speaking people think in french? Why are our thoughts occupied by, and in the form of something that is created by our vocal cords and derived from the speech centres of our brain?

to be continued...

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