The answer to the question of whether we as humans have control over our actions has been debated for thousands of years. Humans have a strong affinity towards the idea of freedom. We have formed our societies on the basis of personal responsibility. Every person is to be held into account for his or her actions. It is on this basis that we must assume that people have free will. This assumption does not mean that it is certain that people have control over their actions. It only means that it is a practical necessity to believe that it is so.
On the other hand we must accept that our free will is constrained by factors beyond our control. We never chose to be born. We did not design our physiology. We did not choose the society we were raised by nor do we have complete control over our socioeconomic status. We must accept that the world that we live in is, for the most part, largely deterministic.Read More