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If there is no such thing as free will, if we ultimately have no control over anything, then who should be held responsible for the things we like and do, and the things that happen to us?

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Tariq Ameer 001369-033 Free Will Response Question Are all things -- human traits, events, behaviors -- predetermined, or is everything merely the effect of previously carried out actions? If there is no such thing as free will, if we ultimately have no control over anything, then who should be held responsible for the things we like and do, and the things that happen to us? Free will is the ability to choose by on our own when, where, and how to act and think without any constraints. People and philosophers all around the world have discussed and argued whither we have free will or is everything predetermined. Those who argue against free will and chose a position of determinism believe that all events are just the effects of previously carried out actions. On the other hand those that argue for free will believe that humans have the freedom to do whatever they want. ...read more.

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And if I decided to change, and stop stealing banks, I could still trace it back to early experience. If I succeed or fail in in this change, are already predetermined by how I am as a result of genetic inheritance and early experience. Free will believers do not have the freedom to do everything they want, as they are limited due to the laws of nature and society. Although I would love to just jump and fly to wherever I want, but I can?t because the natural laws force me to stay on ground. Same thing as I would like to rob a bank, I can?t because laws of the society try to force us to do what is right, which limits our freedom. The question now is who should be blamed or be held responsible for the things we like and do, and the things that happen to us. ...read more.

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Also we cannot always hold our genetic inheritance and early experiences for the things that we do. My parents and their parents are very kind and helpful; also as a child I had normal experiences like all the other kids of my age. If I grow up and turn out to be a killer, the only responsible for it is myself. In conclusion although things are just the effects of previously carried out action, on the most part we still have control over our actions. We are also responsible for our actions. Whither they are good or bad, we should take responsibility of our actions or else the world would just not make sense. The determinist viewpoint is more accurate but not practical. People would abuse theory, do some reckless things, and deny responsibility. We can conclude by saying that we should take full accountability of ourselves, even though we do not control the direction we are going. Word Count: 702 ...read more.

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