Term 2 Paper 1
Free From Causation
Every day, we make choices that affect our future. Humans naturally describe each action as either good, or bad. We compare against other good or bad things to determine the level of these actions are. There has been many actions in the past that we classify as “Horrible” or “Honorable”. We look back and ask ourselves, “Why would someone do such thing?” for the actions of killers. Hitler, Ganges Khan, and the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut all fall into this category. These classified actions question us, day to day. We will never understand how they felt about their own actions. We can’t see the truth. This brings up the idea of libertarianism, compatibility, and libertarianism. Do we as human actually make our own decisions and do what we ever desire or is everything we do already predetermined.
Free will is what allows me to make up my own mind based on the temptations and stimulations of the world around me. Having the ability to choose actions makes me accountable for those actions in the end. However, as I’m a Muslim, to me, free will is simply being able to choose. No one is telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it; the guidelines may be set due to the Islamic law, but in the end the choice is still mine. So if someone is allowed to do whatever is good for their self, is it wrong? What if their action was good? What if it was bad? What if killing another being was for the good of their self?
The idea of determinism is another theory that explains why events occur. Determinism basically means that the future is fixed in some sense. Everything that happens to us is the result of something beyond our control. Actions are predetermined and that no amount of free will, will alter it. I believe in Determinism. And I believe that God controls our future. He is determined on what must happen and what must...