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Free Will: The Cornerstone of the Path

Originally Posted: April 3, 2010

With all rhetoric aside, one of the most important concepts that the Church of the Elders (CotE) embraces is the concept of free will. However, the concept of free will defies a commonly accepted definition because of the diverse philosophies in society and amongst humanity. To this end, this lecture attempts to define free will, as understood by CotE. Everyone will naturally have their own variation of this definition, but the establishment of a basic paradigm prevents confusion and misunderstanding.

The concept of free will acknowledges the following concepts. The first is that humanity is a fully sentient, evolving race that possesses a continuously developing intelligence. The second concept is that the nature of existence is protean. That is to say, the forms and energies that compose material existence are constantly in motion and constantly changing regardless of humanity's ability to detect these changes. The third concept is the right-of-choice. It is this final corollary that reflects the foundation of free will.

The right-of-choice is an immutable right that all sentient beings have to make whatever choices they desire in a given situation without coercion or malicious enforcement from outside sources. A being has the right to make conscious decisions. This right is sacrosanct even if it leads to the peril of the person making the choice. No other being has a right to interfere or make a choice for another. Self-determinism is a right of all beings.

This right-of-choice comes with consequences, both positive and negative. The blatantly obvious positive consequence is control over one's existence. Everyone has the right to live their lives according to their own choices, for better or for worse. However, with power comes responsibility. This leads to the first of the negative consequences (although this one is more neutral than negative) being the acceptance of complete, immutable responsibility for one's actions and choices. A person who exercises free will must accept the responsibility for their choices. One cannot escape responsibility from poor choices or failures from poor choices. Attempting to blame A. N. Other will not work in the eyes of the astute, either. One must accept the full fallout of failures and poor choices, whether they like it or not. There is no escaping this obligation to free will. Free will allows a being to reap all the rewards for success without outside obligation. Conversely, failure reaps the proverbial whirlwind of trouble.

While not the topic of the lecture, the issue of free will and society requires brief attention. Free will works best when the being is in a pure, anarchistic environment. This has nothing to do with the current human concept of anarchism. This is the concept that the person is autocratic within a society that has no other social structure other than respect for free will. The issue becomes apparent when other social structures appear due to a congregation of beings into a single social unit. The very nature of a society abrogates a degree of free will to a collective policy of behavior that requires some degree of conformity to enact. There is nothing positive or negative in this concept, in and of itself. However, when a social structure takes too much free will from its people, then the structure is a form of enslavement.

Free will is the right-of-choice that all sentient being have. This right is immutable, although a being can delegate some of that right to form societies. However, no person or society has the right to force that choice from a person. Likewise, a being must accept all responsibility for their actions. It is not enough to reap the rewards and run from failures. Acceptance of the consequences of failure is the hallmark of one who truly exercises and understands free will. With the understanding of free will comes the respect for the free will of other beings, who are equals in this respect. Once this universally understood, eliminating the flaws of current social paradigms becomes practical and humanity ascends to the next level of existence.

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