Information, Being, and Living

From information theory, we might want to say these things relating to life, nature, and society. Each thought has significant consequences.

Wherever there is change, information has been generated or effected. This is the establishment of purpose and meaning, since a destination becomes implied by change, or because of it.

E.g. Movement (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual …).

Every change is a cause. And we change as we move, exercise, take action, make action….

Change, or information, does not have to be perceived for it to exist. However, that it exists should mean that it is perceivable.

E.g. The cycle of cell replacement in the body. Healing and repentance. Impression of righteousness, faith, hope, love….

A state of constancy (like a change with difference only in time) is itself information: speaking either of a powerful inertia, or of a balance of influences. Constancy tells one that another can be trusted to be/do ….

E.g. Attitudes and character. God. Commonsense. Physics. Satan. Chemistry. Fidelity. Biology.

If an apparently random system, or system far from equilibrium, continuously produces information, then over time, that system will arrive at an equilibrium position or system (even if complex).

E.g. The development of the United States. Origin of the world. Rockefeller’s increase in wealth. Socialism. Scientology. Increase in people giving away their virginity during their teenage years. Gluttony in food, drink etc. Divorce. Social organisation ….

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.