It's been interesting to see how my mind works with this election. Almost nothing really mattered as I am retired. I didn't have a dog in the race so to speak, yet I felt so passionate at times. Now that it is over life goes on and I think so little about politics that I am at peace with it. Why get all worked up about something I have no control over. I am not going to protest it and if I was invited to the White House I would treat Trump with the respect of the office. I don't think I would want the job at his age. I think he just got caught up in the inertia of the whole thing. Don't we all?
What is inertia and how does it affect free will. Physics tells us that the universe is still expanding. Taken on a human scale we are born a blank slate. Then we are molded like clay from our experiences and culture to a point when we have preferences rather than choices. There is a limit in the amount of flavors I can choose. I am going to choose based on previous experiences. So where does free will come in?
Can a bad person cannot choose to be good and vice versa. Plus taken down even further a person is not all good or all bad are they? If I pick up a gun and shoot someone am I bad? How about if I join the army and am sent to war and pointed at the enemy and told to kill. Am I then good? Isn't it more about intent? If I intend to do harm? Well as a soldier I do intend to do harm and some innocent bystander might be killed. How do I justify my actions. How does the general justify their actions by sending men to die and kill. How does a country justify their actions? How do we as a species that are supposedly the highest form of life justify killing animals for sport or for food or burning fossil fuels or pouring chemicals into rivers etc etc.
Maybe we are not to blame for anything we do? After all what choices do we really have? To sit in a cave and do no harm? To live off roots and berries? I prefer (and there is that word again) to have a house, an income, savings, a car, a cat or even good health, but can I have it all? What am I really responsible for when people kill in defense of my freedom? Why do I need some military guys to kill others so that I can sit safely with my cable/internet and big screen tv while the ones they are killing have nothing?
Just more grist for the mill.
Edited by queenbee1, 15 November 2016 - 03:51 AM.