jueves, 14 de abril de 2016

Are we free?

     To Talk about ethic means to assume that we are free to decide how we want to live and how we to act. But this is not an unanimous opinion. There are thinkers who believe that freedon is just an ilusion. We think that we are free becuase we ignore of the reasons of our actions, but the truth is that our behaviour is determined like it happens with the rest of the being of the Universe. Of course, we are a certain kind of being more complex. Threfore, it is more difficult to predict our actions, but it doesn´t mean that we are free. This opinion is called determinism and, as you will see, there are different types, depending on the main reason that is pointed out as cause of our lack of freedon.
   But first of all, let's start with a debate about the topic: Are we free?
   Here there is a vocabulary that can be useful:
determinism: determinismo
cause: causa
luck: suerte
At random/chance: por casualidad
game of chance (lottery)
to choose: elegir
to happen: ocurrir
to avoid: evitar
law: ley
to make a decision
to be programmed (genetically/economically/ mentally)
surronding /eviroment: ambiente
family heritage: herencia familiar
to change
guilt: culpa
to judge

   Here we have a little reflection about this topic made by Ignacio De Arco from 1BS1 (2015/6)
  In my opinion, is being able to choose what we want to do under our physical possibilities without being influenced by anything but your own reason. If we take that as the definition, we aren't free. Most of the time we are being influenced to choose one path or another. Even though we think we are capable of choosing what we want, we are actually choosing what we are meant to choose. Even though I have already stated that we aren't free, I also think that we are responsible of our actions. That's because we, somehow, have some freedom between choosing one thing or another. Picture a cage. We're locked up inside. You can choose what to do inside the cage. Are we free then? No, because you may be free to decide if you want to kill the other birds inside the cage or not but you are still locked up and you don't have as many options as you should.
So, in my opinion, we aren't free as we can't choose everything even though we have freedom of the decision in some ways. But you can't be half-free as you neither can be half-slave. Freedom will be whole or won't be at all.

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