Do we have free will? I used to think it was obvious that we have free will. Now I have doubts. Your freedom depends upon your income. If you don't have any money you don't have any freedom. Even...

Do we have free will?

I used to think it was obvious that we have free will. Now I have doubts. Your freedom depends upon your income. If you don't have any money you don't have any freedom. Even people with good incomes seem to do the same things as everybody else. They get married, have babies, buy a home, watch television, go to work, go to bed. If they get divorced they usually try to get married again and begin all over. Also we are learning that most of the activity of the human brain is unconscious. So our unconscious may be dictating most of the things we do.

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If we have free will, then how come so many of us end up where we never expected to be? How many men actually plan to spend their working lives driving garbage trucks? It would be interesting to take a survey and ask a few hundred of these men if they planned to be doing what they're doing. If people have free will, why don't they use it? Here is an interesting quote:

Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one's time, the better part of one's strength, and in the end there is left a life grovelling and curtailed, worthless and trivial, and there is no escaping or getting away from it—just as though one were in a madhouse or a prison.   

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While I think your opening points are interesting, the notion of freewill is much more fundamentally doubtful than ideas regarding income or social background. Current understanding of biological conciousness suggests that we simply do not have freewill on a biological level.

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