Posts Tagged ‘human freedom’

Desire, Reason and Will

March 31, 2011

As human beings it is natural for us to desire things.  Perhaps we desire a degree, a better job, a spouse, children,  a nice home or car; perhaps we want to have more friends, or to be closer to God,  and so on.  The list of things that we might desire could be a long list.

Reason can be employed to achieve the fulfillment of those desires.  Sometimes, when we apply reason, we realize that certain desires should be discarded as unworthy or unreasonable.  Other times, it may be difficult to craft a plan by which we may successfully attain our desires.  Other times, we will be able to conceive a plan that should work.

Once we have a plan, we still must have the will power to see that plan through to its conclusion.  Sometimes the plan must be modified and adopted to changing circumstances.  Sometimes we lack the necessary skill or resources to follow through.

Sometimes we don’t even try.

Sometimes we quit.

Yet, sometimes….. we succeed.

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Freedom and Responsibility

May 12, 2009

I am a firm believer in the freedom of the human will.  That does not mean that we are free from influence, nor from the impact of our inherited human nature.  Yet at our core, I believe that we are able to make choices.  With that freedom comes responsibility.  The choices that we make can turn out for better or for worse.  Those consequences are something that we have to live with for the rest of our lives.  I appreciate the advice that President Bush gave to the incoming President Obama when he told him to ‘Do what he thought was right, because at the end of the day you have to live with yourself. ”  It is good advice for all of us.  Get as much information as we can, and make the best decision that we are able to make, and then be willing to accept the responsibility for our decisions.