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Richardson 1 Nick Richardson Professor John McKinnis 16 November 2007 English 102 How Much Free Will Do We Actually Have? Every step we take sets off a certain chain of events that we typically do not know will happen. Lets say someone wakes up a half-hour later than they originally planned on doing in order to have something to eat before they went to work in the morning. Now that person cannot enjoy breakfast in their own home before they leave, so that person now has two options: either go straight to work or stop at a drive through window of some place like Tim Hortons or Duncan Donuts on the way. The person chooses to add some extra time to their commute to work and decides to stop at a Tim Hortons for a coffee and a bagel. After leaving from Tim Hortons and getting on the thruway, some stupid driver cuts them off and the person is forced to slow down really fast in order to avoid rear-ending the other car. This sets of a chain reaction that leads to a serious accident that the person could have avoided if he had decided to go straight to work because they would have been in a different place at the time. Determinism states that every event has a cause (which include human actions), so that theoretically means that every human action has a cause and determinism must be true. Free will states the opposite and says that we always have the ability to change things; not everything is set in stone. There are people who are divided as to which one exists, but the truth is that free only exists for those who those truly live their lives according to one person's input: their own and no one else's. For the rest of us, there is no such thing as free will. The idea of not having any free will especially holds true for any religious person. The reason that religious people have zero free will is because that they are living their life according to a certain plan that is not their own. For instance in Christianity, Christians are taught that if they follow the Ten
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Richardson 2 Commandments and the rest of Christ's teachings, then they will go to heaven; if they do not, then they will go to hell for eternity if they do not repent their sins. This results in them doing things a certain way in order to go to heaven instead of hell instead of doing what they really want to do. There is also another interesting scenario here: what if a Christian who has just left confession and repented all their sins (giving them a clean slate) was forced to kill another person (who has not committed crimes against God) in order to stay alive? “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments, so if what
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