9 | P a g eINTRODUCTION Your Birthright is Free WillIt distinguishes the human species. But exactly what is will? Simply put, will is your desire. Desire is the motivator for action. When you have a strong desire, you act. You do only those things you have a desire to do. You can however, desire many things and not go after the getting —then will turns into a daydream. When the will is not free you have no choices. Without the advantage of free will, you must be good, or bad, or indifferent; no choice, just listening to whatever inner voice is directing you. But free the will and things change. Suddenly there is choice. One can choose to be a saint, or one can choose to be a sinner, but choice is available to those who have free will. That is our birthright, and that is one of God’s gifts. Four of the Saddest Words in the World It Might Have Been.There are those who allow the world to bounce them from one place to another, allowing others to choose for them. They take whatever comes along — living joyless lives, contributing nothing, gaining nothing. How sad it is, to think at the end of one’s life, the words, “It might have been.” If only a choice had been made, an action taken. Those who have a wonderful life, a life filled with joy and vitality, are people who make choices. Some realize they have the ability to choose early in life, for others it comes later. It’s sad when the realization never comes. When it does arrive it comes as a sudden insight that the world is what we see, and how we see it. But, you might exclaim, every one sees the same world, it’s the world that’s there. Well it ain’t necessarily so, as Gershwin’s Sportin’ Life might have said. You are free to view it any way you like, and therein lies the rub. That’s what free will is all about. You want to see the world as a dark and gloomy place? You’re free to do so. You want to see the world as a miracle of nature with beauty everywhere you look? Well you’re free to do that as well. There is a story that most children know. It’s about five blind men in India who were led to an elephant. One grabbed the tail and said “An elephant is like a piece of rope.” Another grabbed an ear and said, “No, an elephant is like a leaf.” Another felt the tusk and said, “You’re both wrong. An elephant is like a smooth, long vase.” Another took hold of the trunk and said, ”An elephant is like a boa constrictor.” Another felt of its side and exclaimed, “An elephant is like the side of a barn!” If the moral is unclear, perhaps the following example will make for a better understanding.