A double-edged sword

The free will of a person and its relation to our actions.

In Tarot, the Ace of Swords is usually depicted as an awe-inspiring, double-edged sword suspended from heaven, with numerous streaks of light reflecting off its dazzling blade. The card of knowledge and the intellect, it symbolizes spiritual victory and total uncompromising clarity of thought. While everyone certainly must have free will, our personal experience is that what actually happens after exercising it has never been in anyone’s control. What happens is that sometimes you get what you wanted; sometimes you do not get what you hoped for. Sometimes, what one gets is beyond one’s expectations, for better or worse. This applies equally to an ordinary person as it does to a criminal. The criminal has a much free will as anyone else and he is equally incapable of knowing what is actually going to happen after he exercises his free will. So while we have total free will and we can do whatever we decide to do in a given situation, society will only consider the outcome, one of 3 alternatives mentioned above as your action. Based on what has actually occurred society will judge the action as good or bad and reward or punish the person concerned according to prevailing social regulations and legal provisions. Reward means pleasure at the moment, punishment means pain in the moment-a fact that the person concerned must accept if he wishes to continue living in society. This clearly is what we know as daily living-situation after situation, action after action, society’s reward or punishment, pleasure or pain in the moment, day after day. Thus two things become clear. That you have total free will to do whatever you feel like doing in any situation. Secondly that this free will is totally worthless in practical living because we simply have no control over the result of our actions—GAUTAM SACHDEVA

Published by ambikajha

I am Ambika Jha.I like to write on different topics.I feel life is too short for anything.So let us work our best in the given time and let life's music be in rhythm and rhyme.So be your best and never stop to learn and write.

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