Volition and Determinism

“A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.”
– Thomas Carlyle

You have free will, and therefore you have full responsibility and are in control of your own decisions.  This is a crucial conviction for you to have in order to take control of you life.  Some people are determinists.  They say that since every action causes a reaction, the movement of the world and everything in it is predetermined.  They believe that they cannot affect what is going to happen.  It is the will of nature, some god, or the Universe.

The idea of determinism is a philosophical glitch that has been haunting society, and it can only be eradicated by a realization and acknowledgement of volition.  Volition is the ability to think and to make choices.  You and I have this faculty as human beings.  We are prime movers.  We can make choices with our minds; we do not need proof of this.  The fact is apparent to anyone who reflects upon it.

Right now you can choose whether you want to read on and work out your life plan, or go watch TV.  Planning your life is hard work.  It demands a lot from you, but you still choose to do it.  You could choose to let distractions lead you in some other direction.  But you don’t.  You use your faculty of volition to decide to carry on with your life plan.

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Allowing Ourselves to Ask the Question

Table of Contents


I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning


II. Chapter Two: Your Past



III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations



IV. Chapter Four: Your Present



V. Chapter Five: Your Future



VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives



VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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