In regard to David Lovejoy’s article on the (non-)existence of free will in Echo and Echonetdaily September 10 and responses:
Our mind and body are composed of trillions of tiny living cellular beings, 99 per cent nonhuman. We dwell within an ecosystem composed of trillions of living beings, 99 per cent nonhuman. We are conscious because vast numbers of humans have developed an educated and civilised society over thousands of generations.
All of us exist because of all the previous occurrences that have taken place within our family, our society, our global ecosystem and the surrounding universe. That gives us an opportunity to make a decision, to exercise our free will. Will we do this or do that? Will we go here or go there? Will we eat this or eat that? Will we believe this or believe that? Will we say this or say that? Will we sleep here or sleep there? Very similar to everything else living around us, though we can exercise our free will better than those less complex life forms.
It just shows us how important we really are while exercising our free will. Utterly dependent on the spinning of our planet, the heat of the sun and the health of our environment within us and without us.
Gary Opit, Yelgun