Sunday, October 03, 2010

destiny vs free will

i've been watching lost on dvd (no cable, no internet, a girl gets
bored). i didn't watch the show while it was and don't think i'd be
watching it if i could be watching mad men instead. but the whole
premise of the show seems to be that you can't fight destiny. pashaw i
i think that what we call destiny, everyone having a purpose and
everything having a reason is crap. i don't think it's anyone's
destiny to be a hotel maid or a prsident. i think we use destiny as a
way to make the very non mystical social conditioning tolerable. if i
am poor and sick it is because it is my destiny, and not because of an
uneven distribution of resources. bull shit.
not all social conditioning is bad. taboos against violence for
example. but our current conditioning actually breaks with our natural
evolution. we are cooperative, learning creatures. social conditioning
makes us greedy and selfish and ignorant. it is when we break that
conditioning that we exercise free will. i choose not to be part of
the lie of destiny.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.
Willem de Kooning

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