L'existence précède l'essence
I will press ANY button I choose.
FREE WILL IN ACTION.
Did I choose to respond to this message in the following manner or was it but a matter of dictate by forces outside of that which I hold as self?
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The jizyah remains unpaid, infidel. This mosque is not going to build itself after all.
And I say yes, a thousand times more yes to this life! Let me live this moment again for all eternities! The eternal yes resounds through all time!
You are not yourself, you are only perceiving a part of you at any given time. The actions you take are the flattened consequence of a set of potential actions. A collapsed version of things. But you are aware this is happening (even if you are not), so you can change it on a higher order than say... a plant. This awareness of history is what is key. That is what gives us our freedom.
Any recommend reading involving the aforementioned academic? I like to touch myself while I pontificate.