A desire, a will, causes an interrupt in our thinking, and we follow that for some time, or not. It is easy to identify myself with free will. But where does it come from?
1. There are needs of the body translating itself in starting a range of events leading to eating. A lot of those events come out of habit. Some are dictated by time and place (circumstances). Some are dictated by a subtle way that the body tells us it needs this kind of food.
So we desire to eat pizza or quiche or a healthy sandwich. How free is our will when feeling hungry and selecting food? My will is only free if I freely decide not to eat here and now, or try something completely different.
2. When I feel bored, the ‘google in my head’ shows possibilities to get rid of feeling bored. Those possibilities are most often habits and addictions. Some addictions are connected to our body, like nicotine. Some addictions are just habits, like watching tv, or browsing the news on the internet. How free is my will when I want to cut boredom? My will is only free if I decide not to cut boredom, when I stop the procrastinating that led to boredom, or when I consciously decide to do something ‘new’.
3. When somebody just cut me off will driving, there is an initial sadness translated by our mental system in frustration or anger. How free is the will to disregard the sadness and the ensuing frustration?
Obviously, 1 2 and 3 have little to do with free will. There is a need, a want, a desire, an event, initiated by body, emotion or mind, and we usually (if not always) consider circumstances automatically and follow our habits.
The second post on free will can be found here: … will (2)