Swept off her feet

So he swept her off her feet
And she gave her soul
What did he really do
It was she that lept

So he swept her off her feet
And she got possessed
What did he really do
It was she that let

So he swept her off her feet
And she fell in love
What did he really do
It was she that fell

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What free will is, and how we know it is 

We can speak of free will as a principle in general. And we could have the sense of random occurences, as we might sometimes perceive the unexpected to be, as following from this principle.

Going back to the beginnings of the universe as popularly expressed by physics; in the ‘big bang,’ we see, perhaps, the first demonstration of that which is according to free will.

A story that also highlights this principle is told of God presenting two options to Adam (mankind), both the one that He loved for them, and the one that He hated for them. He gave man the opportunity to set a precedence.

All expressions of free will amount to the creation of precedence.

Thus, free will is an expression without precedence; one independent of any circumstances. Experiencially, it can be said to be an arbitrary action towards thought that is not the result of previous thought.

And while it is the perfect cause of the truly random and the fully arbitrary, its results always develop into something teleological.

Hence, purpose comes from free will, and not just from a perception of order or design.

With reference to our own inward experiences; while they can/might be engineered or motivated by external stimulations because of our psychology and physiology, there is, and remains, a trump card, the joker: free will.

And some, if not all, of our creativity is bonded to our expression of free will. We can create … new inner trends.

Free will, the fundamental and truest of volitions, is the only faculty that can be non-deterministic in its expressions. Therefore it produces ‘ultimate’ causes. And it is likely the faculty that separates us from other living things, and makes us most like God.

Will and Effect

That every effect has a cause is a reasonable thought. If this were absolutely the case, then, no man has free will. Because ‘free will’ by definition or design must have the freedom to be arbitrary. Either that it should need no cause for its exercise or that it can ignore a cause or change the usual effect of a cause.

Free will is expressed by choice, however, it is plausible that the choice itself was a necessary effect — meaning that it was impossible for there to be an alternative. If there’s always a cause to every will, then ‘will’ cannot be wholly free.

The cause and effect idea leads to a chain of cause-effect relationships which in theory can have no end; it speaks to an infinitude of past and future.

Could there ever come a time in the unknown future when absolutely nothing exists, when existence would have moved to a state of true nothingness. Was there ever a time when there was true nothingness.

We face a paradox, that there is existence at all.
It’s paradoxical that something would appear to have no origin.

‘Will’ must be the ultimate reason (or cause) if there’s a starting point for which absolutely no cause can be determined. Let’s say, like the Big Bang—in the theory (I may be wrong). If you say that certain conditions resulted in the Bang, then those conditions, if you agree with the theory, are the cause of the bang and therefore the origin of the universe. And the chain may continue if you ask what led to those conditions.

The theory can’t preclude the existence of God, who Christians regard as the ultimate cause of our, and all, reality. He definitely must have neither beginning of days nor end of life. That the solar system exists, and that man appeared on earth is the result of a chain of cause effect interactions. One can at the same time see that it was by design of the numinous one, God, without any contradictions.

Randomness as demonstrated in nature and the evolution of the universe is not analogous to the expression of will. The randomness in nature is causal up to a near infinite degree in the chain of causality. It appears random because humans lack God’s capacity to know every interaction and cause-effect relationship.

For instance, it is easy to encrypt data using the so-called RSA algorithm, but it is very hard to decrypt without the key. This is facilitated by a gap in the derivation of the formula for prime numbers. This knowledge gap is represented in the Riemann Hypothesis. We can thus say here that a perception of randomness is the acknowledgement of ignorance.

Cause-effect implies that randomness is only a perception; so that all inanimate random systems are quasi-random (pseudo-random, if you prefer).

Will exists, free will, and it can exist independent of and prior to cause. Hence, an ultimate cause and the superior reason. Any effect that results is what it is.

2 things to being religious. (Episode 2)

1 is doing good, 2 is living good.

True religion is to be there for, and take care of orphans and widows and prisoners and friends and … in their suffering or need, and to guard/recover oneself from the twisting in/of the world. Everyone acts religious (or half-religious) when they choose to do good and live true.

Everyday, in mind, between Michael (the Angel) and Mephistopheles (the Demon) …. Remember those cartoons with the actor torn betwixt. Ideas going to and fro looking for a home. Any thought can fly around, but this bird, I will let land. Her name is Grace. You see the mind where it appears, so does the entity formally known as Lucifer.

Mouth agape! Really not that bad, it was novel and nice. Sure? Sure. Come on, you know you would rather not, but then, you want. Haha, you want. No I don’t! Something else for me please. Period! Try. All gain, what’s the pain. The drain. What the heck! Join this chariot—or not. Shame; high-low. Low-high; grace. Fame and infamy. Stop it, I like it. What am I thinking? Choose quickly. Haste makes waste. Yeah? Maybe, maybe not. Whatever, talk to the hand. Schizophrenia. Duh! I can.

No one is hooked for life, unless by a blood covenant. (Not that ancient thing again!) It leaves the one way out, death, and rebirth—in Christ. Hooked or not, perfect love calls; the one way in, it hooks for life. All’s logical with the right premises. And the premises are true. The Passion of the Christ was about love—something to celebrate. It made for a beautiful story that shall be shared forever.

What stories have I created by doing good and living good? The story of my life is this: I make it what it is. Surely I can continue, moment by moment, everyday; doing, learning, improving, ‘poco a poco?’, steadily. I don’t always feel it, but it’s there, done.

Commitment, commitment; commitment in the pursuit of happiness. “No happiness without commitment.” Commitment to whom, to what, and why? “If the purpose is right, and the heart is whole, and the object is just, then there can be be true love, and full joy.”

Happy Easter holidays; ‘can’t wait.
Happy Pesach. Happy stories.

See episode 1 here.