It’s possible to resist. We can learn and are trainable all the way down to bacteria. But even to stay as human, the layers and combinations are so complicated by the time we’re 4 years old and then beyond, that any control of any particular pressure likely has to tussle with other things vying for control to the point that this complicated pluralistic Ontogeny (had to look it up – it’s right) that shifts pressures moment to moment, all of our personal histories bearing down on an given moment.,..
…that we’re free in that.
Free because, barring drugs or severe abuse, no one thing can overcome all of the rest EXCEPT our choices — even if our choices are limited by those very forces.
There’s still a kernel that’s ours (barring extreme scarring).
Free because, barring drugs or severe abuse, no one thing can overcome all of the rest EXCEPT our choices
how free is free in free will? How much will is in the will and how much is willed for us?
I think free will is fact. I also recognize that it’s not “as free as” some may wish. I also recognize that some factors make our free will a LOT less free than we may realize: learning about privilege, classes in society, how genuinely DIFFERENTLY some people think in shockingly fundamental ways — or at least seem to — these things have taken the floor out of some of my core foundations through the years and I’d reassessed.
Are we automatons? No. Too complicated for that.
Are we MOSTLY subject to forces out of our control? Of course. Gravity, class, oh, all sorts of factors – they become background most of the time and put us in some tracks difficult to move from.
Within these big environment things, there’s group social pressures. Friends. Media. Favorite thought leaders even. Childhood heroes one wants to emulate. Childhood villains one wants to avoid. Adult villains and heroes too.
Favorite theories pull and push. Religious, ideological… so much and so many.
But I see it like a pipe organ. Is the organist CONSTRAINED by all of these choices available to use that they didn’t construct?
No. It affords freedoms. Even if it’s not a trombone or a jumprope.