“Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.” ~ Thomas Carlyle in Essays, “Goethe’s Works”
Been thinking a lot about free will lately. I do believe in it, of course, but yet I also believe that Someone has a job for me and that needs to be foremost in my plans.
I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten the message on what the job is. I’m a teacher. I’m supposed to be teaching. I don’t actually want to teach, says the woman who voluntarily writes a blog to teach people. And my career is as a teacher, as well, something I’ve been trying to change for years. But here I am and I do it gladly (most of the time).
But within that job, I do have a large measure of free will, I know. But lately I’ve been wondering even about that.
Then again, how free is my will if necessity keeps me doing things I don’t want to do? And there’s the rub, as Hamlet so bluntly put it. Carlyle puts it well, too. I don’t think Someone is constraining me. Society does. Money does, the economy and all that.
More on this in the future, but these are the thoughts that have been swirling around in my mind lately. How much of our free will is actually free?