Free will or predetermination?

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I was sitting in a conference room today watching a webinar with several co-workers. We started talking about our jobs and functions of the municipal department for which we work, how or department and agency as a whole affects youth. This led to expression and discussion about our lives having free will or being predetermined based on birth to a family, the socio-economic  status attached that family, where you grew up,  and other factors.

My feelings were that some factors and choices are out of our control, such as who we are born and where we grew up, but that we have free will to make choices within the parameters that are our lives. I am tied to an organized religion but was raised Roman Catholic, and I believe in God. Some people at the table don’t believe in God, which affects their views, and I whole-heartedly believe that they have a right to their beliefs. Others do believe in God and have various religious beliefs, and thought that lives are predetermined and not governed by free will. Vessel-Of-Sublime-Wisdom

I was glad to know others views and that they shared them with me, even though we didn’t agree. It was all done very civilly by intelligent educated people of different sexes and backgrounds, though I was actually the minority as the only Caucasian at the table. I was able to see their sides of the issue, although I don’t completely agree, and I ultimately cannot be anyone other than who I am living the life I live to the best of my ability. I did not feel animosity for my opinions as I have in the past in other similar situations, and I wanted to know where these people’s thoughts and experiences were drawn from, rather than feeling I needed to retreat from an attack.

I hope to learn more from my fellow co-workers in the future as we continue to work and get to know each other.

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell

Reason to Believe…

In response to the Daily Prompt, “Reason to Believe“, In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

Believe… in what, exactly? The prompt is a bit vague. However, I think it is open to interpretation, which is good, and this appears to be a prompt I have not responded to in my year and some months on Word press.

I believe in a lot of things… truth, justice, and the American Way. I believe in freedom, true freedom, and I believe in the right to make your own decisions. I believe that Government is not the answer to everything, they are there to keep some order and to ensure that a minimum level of services are available to the public, and that they should not be dictating everything you do. I believe in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and that they are the law of the land, and that States are responsible for what is not covered in the Constitution. I believe that states can do different things and that their people can decide what is best for their state based on population, landscape, and other factors. For instance, Texas and Illinois are different states with different needs, to some degree. I believe that the government should not tell parents what they can send to school with their children for lunch, and that wearing a shirt with the American flag on it should not be a punishable offense. I believe in the right to defend and protect myself and my loved ones, by fist, by blade, or by firearm.

I believe that people have to want things to get better in this country. I believe that we need to each educate ourselves about what is really going on in this world, rather than taking what is said on the news or at a debate for face value. I believe0 that winning six coins tosses in a row is about as likely as winning the big Powerball was. I believe in reading books, real books, because you can learn just about anything which a little time and effort. I believe in pulling information from many sources to piece the truth together. I believe that knowledge is power, and that it is better to know than not to know. I believe that we all have a voice to use, whether we speak or write or post, and that our information will resonate with others, though we may not realize it. I believe that someone may offend me but I might still be able to learn from them, and that I may offend someone as well but that they, too, can learn from me.

I believe that sometimes we each have to make tough decisions, with which others don’t agree, but that are in our best interest. I believe that blood is not always thicker than water, especially if that blood (family member) is causing you pain and suffering. I believe in spending time alone or with positive influences, rather than with negative, unhealthy influences. I believe that we all need to time to ourselves regularly to think, rest, recover, and to develop new ideas, and that this doesn’t make use weird, or abnormal, or crazy. I believe that each of us can change for the better, but choose the easier path. I believe that social media, when used wisely, can be a good thing, but can take over your life and can help you forget how to communicate with a living breathing person who is standing in front of you.

I believe in myself, and believe that I only have the power to control me. However, I believe that, by sharing my ideas, I can help others figure out what they believe.

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell