Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is it Freewill or Fate?

This debate has been there for centuries and it was never satisfactorily concluded. Here, I argue that life is a complex combination of both freewill and fate, and that this complex calculation is all taken care of in a dimension that cannot be depicted in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional space system.

Perhaps, this is where Einstein’s space-time concept is useful in philosophy. However, I will try to explain my theory with an analogy to the way computer networking and database administration works.

Imagine this universe as a huge network of computers and you are one of the Client computers connected to the Server called “God” (Please note that there is no religious inclination in this theory. “God” is used just for my convenience.)

Also, imagine that all the data related to the client computers (that is people) are stored in the server database in the form of “desires.”

Whenever, you desire for something—consciously or subconsciously—a query is sent to the server database asking to send the relevant result into your life. For example, let’s say, subconsciously I ask for a pizza. Then, a query is sent to the server database and the computer called God will send me the result of Pizza into my life.

This query is pretty simple because the object of the query is clearly mentioned. However, let’s say, I ask for “some delicious food”. Now the server database has so many results related to this query that the computer called God will send me the top 5 results for this query into my life.

But these top-5 results for a query will be different from computer to computer (person to person) depending on its preferences and personal settings. So, the results I get for “delicious food” will be different from what you might get.

Even this example is simple when compared to the jumbled, confused, entangled and tortuous queries (desires) that we, humans, make in our day-to-day life (God bless God, I wonder how he handles this mess). So, naturally, as a consequence of such a complexity, the results also tend to get more irrelevant.

It is very important to note that it is not that God doesn’t know what you want. But God will not give anything that you did not ask for. God wants you to make a choice because it is your computer after all.

However, the two examples above do not take time into consideration. That is, it is assumed that the query and the result happen in sequence one after the other. However, fortunately or unfortunately, we humans are not that stable and focused in life with the choices we make.

Taking my example again, let’s say at 10:45 p.m. and 4124504 pico-seconds, I ask for delicious food and naturally it will take at least 10 pico-second (let’s say) to execute that query. But within 2 pico-seconds from the instance of the query sent for delicious food, I will change my thoughts and say, “I want delicious Chinese food.” Here comes the eternal problem of human mind that is as predictable as a cat on the wall jumping on to one side rathern than the other!

Now God (poor fellow) has to stop its current process’ execution, change the parameters and search for a different parameter. The problem does not end here. Within the next 2 or 3 pico-seconds, my thoughts change again and this oscillation continues until a combination occurs where the God computer reaches a default setting and sends that result. This can be understood just like the “Switch case” in C language or Java. Within a particular time, you change so many options, that God will send the default one.

But I (the query sender) will be wondering, “Why did I get this food when I asked for that food?” See, God does not function accurately. Then, we start cursing our fate, “What is there in our hands? Everything is fate. It is written on your face, it is written on your palms, it is defined by your stars, it is that and it is this.”

Now, any sane person will understand that the fault was not with God computer but with the syntax or frequency of the query sent from Client Computer!

I wonder how the God computer will tackle such ridiculous queries in millions and millions of numbers from across the world (and perhaps the aliens are like us too. Who knows?)

So, the debate of freewill over fate ends here with the conclusion that you have got freewill for a certain amount of time, before which if you do not utilize it, you will get the Default result that you might as well prefer to call Fate.

From birth to death, every organism is given choices to make. The range of these choices is very large. They range from a choice like blinking your eye when a strong wind blows in front of your face to a choice like choosing your career or life partner.

The key point to understand is all of them are equally important even though some appear to be insignificant issues superficially. They are equally vital for the existence of living beings.

When we are presented with a decision-making situation in front of us, we make decisions or choices based on two things: 1) our biological drive and 2) our acquired learning.

Whatever the psychology behind this decision-making is, we make choices on our own. However, the universe runs on the cause-effect principle. So, if you come across a situation in which you are to make a choice, it is quite apparent that that situation is the effect of a choice that someone else had made in the past. Also, your current choice is going to affect the future.

That being said, the margins of freewill and fate are to be drawn with a great care. I can understand that this might seem very confusing to many people.

Anyway, the moral of the story is: Be specific about what you want. Then, stick to it until you get it. Otherwise, you will just end up blaming your fate.

Remember this: "Don't flap your wings when you are at high speeds. Otherwise, you will terribly hurt your wings..."


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  2. thanks, this post and our discussion helped a great deal in putting some of my issues in perspective.