“Something comfortable in our vulnerability”: On Freewill and Empathy

We each struggle to balance our passionate vulnerabilities with our comfortable securities.

Then we find there is something comfortable in our vulnerability, and something secure in our passions, and that our ideas on life and the way we are is not so straight forward.

It’s tangled — a cosmic interplay of elements, of observations, feelings and decisions.
There is most likely an overarching formula for the ordering; we’ve peeked at nature’s own golden ratio.
But oh, at that universal existence level, which hosts such guests as us, how to account for that strange little variable called freewill?

Is it truly free?

And does it even matter?

I like to tell myself that it is and that is does, even if I don’t necessarily know that it is, simply because something in us likes to tell us that it does. And perhaps there is a formula for that very belief that it does, that makes it so that it is not — free, that is.

 

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But let’s say freewill is indeed ours entirely.

 We are free-willed beings living in a world where freedom is perspective.

It is all in you; it is the freedom you give yourself to see what surrounds you. It is the freedom that you want to experience, and the binds you wish to keep.

We interact uniquely in a new world built on symbolism- where the objects in our lives have meaning because we have ascribed meaning to their structures. We, as a society — as a species, and in some cases as creatures with a brain and a heartbeat, have agreed on shared meanings.

You have the freedom to be as un-free or free as you wish to be. You may operate within the physical limits of your context, and you may challenge your context.

Standing in the way of your perceptive freedom may be the very idealistic constructs, the fictions, that humanity subscribes to. They were made in the name of progress; for our survival, our safety, our insurance policy, our strategy and now, for our convenience; this is the evolution of our constructs.

Convenience is not necessarily bad nor good – the context, the implications and the goals are to be considered. What does a convenience help accomplish?

Are you subscribing to conveniences? Are they helping or hurting your overall well-being? It’s your freedom to decide and to take action. If something hinders you from taking action, it is your freedom to seek help.

 We know what it feels like to hurt, and it hurts to see another hurting. We experience the world’s feelings both first hand and through observation, when we see someone fall down or finally accomplish a technique, the same mirror neurons fire in our own minds as in theirs.

It is due to our freedom to interact as we choose, and to fall — to feel anguish, that we understand and have empathy.

And it is due to our ability for empathy, that we feel love.

We can try to understand the world from another’s perspective, and we care enough to want to help, because we feel connected and we try to see the world from their perspective.

And that is a beautiful thing.

While we are each unique, together we are one entity. We communicate ideas and grow as an intellectual body, one connected to those in a present, and to those in our past and future via written text- agreed upon symbols.

And thus through this sharing of perspective, the world becomes a multidimensional space for us to explore our evolving creativity. It is a space that facilitates our discovery for our capacity to love.

Collectively, we all feel the same universe in our own unique ways, and together, we feel it in a larger way.

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