Posted by David S. (220.127.116.11) on October 23, 2000 at 13:26:55:
In Reply to: Re: How to explain the death of a large number of people (e.g. bomb explosion) at the same time? posted by curtis on October 23, 2000 at 03:17:41:
Yes, you're right Curtis, this question of where is the free will from and to what extent are our actions free will is a good question. And one I myself do not have the answer to.
But I do wonder... if there is no permanent, isolated, independent self (that is, no "true" self) can there be a "true" free will. Our notion of free will is that of self-will as far as I can tell. So wouldn't "self-will" be illusory, just like "self." Both empty and existing as is the Mahayana teaching?
I agree with the ability of a person to change their karma, to dilute the bad (or the good if we are so unfortunate!). I just don't know what the real nature of that "x" is myself. As for what makes the future unpredictable (and thus interesting), I guess I would say it is the sheer complexity of causes and conditions, which is so far beyond our limited understanding that even many of the smallest things in our lives are unpredictable, much less large occurances. Like I say, this question of free-will is not a question I can answer, but it keeps me questioning! What do you think about this illusory self and thus illusory self-will?
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