If you’ve been following the blog, you know I’ve already posted three entries
on the subject of freewill.
dictionary.com defines will as follows;
“1. the faculty of
conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control
the mind has over its own actions: the freedom of the will.
2. power of choosing
one's own actions: to have a strong or a weak will.
3. the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition:My hands are
obedient to my will.
4. wish or desire: to submit against one's will.
5. purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to
have the will to succeed. “
Now there are those folks out there that don’t believe that we possess free will at all and
granted that just because there is a word describing something in the dictionary, doesn’t
set it in stone that it’s real. Things are printed every day that aren’t true.
In this day and age, a good chunk of the population demands“scientific” proof before it
will go along with something. Science, on the other hand, is far from foolproof and often
comes to the wrong conclusions. I think I noted in a previous post that at one time the
scientific community “proved” that the Earth was flat. How’d that work out? There actually
have been “controlled” tests that do prove that freewill is real, but really who cares? Test
results, parameters, etc…, can always be manipulated in order to get the results one is looking
for if they happen to have a certain agenda.
In any case, obviously I believe that freewill does in fact exist andthat it is one of the keys
(along with desire, education, fortitude) to overcoming the condition of addiction.
Addiction is a choice and if you have or develop the will (there are ways to conserve and tap
into the will-well) then you can choose to make it a thing of the past. The disease theory just
doesn’t make sense. Name one other disease that you can arrest IMMEDIATELY by making
a decision? That’s right, there is none. Again, just because some in the medical scientific
community made that call (that it’s a disease), doesn’t make it so. There are all kinds of conspiracy
theories that those who made that assessment were huge supporters of12-step recovery models (I actually
believe that there is some truth to that); but again, does it really matter? Well, actually it does if
you get snookered into believing that you are “powerless” because it is a disease. Logic dictates
that it’s not. So use your logical and rational mind, make the right decision, and start evolving into the person that you are capable of becoming.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out