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Man is under the delusion that he has free will.
He earnestly believes that “I am the master
of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.,” to
quote William Ernest Henley in his poem
Invictus. Yet in reality, man can be likened to a
puppet that think that it is its own puppeteer
who is in full control of its life and destiny.
Free will is an absolute concept–it is either
black or white with no gray in between because
there is no such thing as partial free will. Either
man’s will is completely free or it is under the
total control of some superior force or entity.
If man can will or control every minor detail
as well as all the major events in his life, then
indeed he has free will. But logic and experience
dictate that man doesn’t have free will. And if man
cannot even take charge of his life, how much more
can he will his own death? Even if a particular man
commits suicide, there is no guarantee that he will die.
Someone or something might just pop out of the blue,
come to his rescue, and sabotage his death wish.

At this stage, man starts asking the ontological question:
“If I don’t have free will,  who or what is in full control
of me?” If a man is religious, he will conclude that God is
in absolute control of his fate or destiny. But if that man is
an atheist or a skeptic he will say that it is his instincts,
or human nature, or Nature itself, that is in total control of
his life. And if the same man has a psychological bent,
he will say that it is consciousness that is controlling him.
In fact consciousness is all that exists in both the noumenal
and the phenomenal worlds. The noumenal can be defined
as existence in potentiality or at rest, while phenomenal is
existence projected in time and space, which is existence
that is actively being manifested in the physical world.

Hence man is under the absolute control of consciousness
which, at a certain time in his life, will confer enlightenment
upon the individual at its own pace and leisure–without
the man lending a helping hand in the matter. But the paradox
here is that once man becomes enlightened, man’s personality
and the universe where he projects his existence will mysteriously
dissolve. Then something miraculous, magical and mystical happens
through the grace of universal consciousness which can also be
called God. At this juncture, there is no longer any trace of free will
because the concept of will itself vanishes in the horizon and is
sucked into the great void of nothingness.

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