There Is No Free Will

By Greg Baer M.D.

November 17, 2014

We are so proud of our ability to make up our own minds, make our own choices, and determine the course of our lives. We will, in fact, defend to the death our right to choose. Wars are fought to preserve it. We call it free will, but the truth is that rarely do we actually make genuine choices. No, in most cases our choices are made for us, and we are relatively helpless.

Hundreds of times a day we reach a fork in the road, where we can go to the left or the right. We can choose to be loving or not, truthful or not, fearful or faithful, angry or kind, and so on. But what if we don’t even SEE the fork in the road? What if we’ve been raised in a world—which most of us have—where anger, fear, lies, victimhood, and selfishness are so common that they have become normal?

What if all these roads to the left—any choice that is unloving or selfish—are all we’ve ever known? Then we wouldn’t even SEE the roads to the right: loving, truthful, selfless, and happy. THEORETICALLY, the “right” roads exist, but if we’ve never seen them or walked them, we have no ability to recognize them, much less take them. When we reach the many forks in the road, for us there IS NO FORK. Practically speaking, there is no choice. The free will of which we are so proud does not practically exist. We simply keep taking the road to the left, mindlessly unaware that a choice even exists. We talked about this in a past blog: (Click here to read it)

As we keep taking left turns, the natural result is that we walk in endless circles, covering the same ground, again and again, frustrated that nothing seems to change. We’re stuck, all the while suffering from the delusion that we’re making conscious choices.

As we learn to find and feel Real Love, we gain the ability both to see and take the roads to the right, the paths that lead to the happiness we all want. Making genuine choices is the greatest privilege in life, and with it come the greatest rewards.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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