An illusion called FREEDOM
FREEDOM ~ exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
To an atheist the non-existence of god is obvious and its always hard to explain a thing that is just too obvious, same way in certain context FREEDOM is just an illusion. The exact word to be used here should be free-will rather than freedom. Do we have a free will? I think we dont. All the decision that we take are influnced by the circumstances that prevail at a particular moment, we are just slaves of circumstances. Whenever a decison making process is involved the mind calculates all the available options and we choose which ever is best for us. Certainly we made a choice on our own by our calculation but what led to choice of a particular option.. who provided you with the options to choose from, you cant have your own option, its the circumstances that provide you the option. And the choices that you make are dependent on the past, your experinces, your education, your current state of mind, your perception of the future, you nature, your character, your nurture, culture and your DNA..
Whatever we are half of that comes from the DNA and the other half comes from how we are nurtured, the influences and experiences that we had. And we neither choose the DNA nor the way we are broughtup.
Freedom is freedom of choice, freedom to take decision, freedom to do what we want, i will just let you know about some of the biggest decisions that we go thru in a normal life which we didnt choose.
Did we choose to be born? NO
Did we choose our parents, siblings? NO
Did we choose the economic conditions where we wud be born or the country? NO
Did we choose the school? NO
Did we choose our talent? NO
Did we choose how intelligent we want to be? NO
Did we choose our religion? NO
These things becomes the basis of every decision that we take in future life, since we did not decide these basic things we can say all over choices have been influenced by others.
Whole life we just keep on choosing between alternatives. We think we choose but actually we chose what we had to and we wouldnt have chosen anything else.
Today most of us wont choose to become a terrorist why? the only reason is that you havent been given the option to be. But a guy in pakistan, influenced by all the false teaching of the religion, brain-washed has an option. The guy chooses to become a terrorist because of the external influence so the decision that he takes doesnt account for real freedom of choice. He didnt choose to be a terrorist but it was the only viable option to him at that moment.
i wud just play a sequence of events
A guy is born(no choice), he is sent to a school(no choice), he goes to college (no choice, depends on his marks, natural ability (DNA)), is offered a job (no choice, he is given the job that is capable of), marries (no, choice, he gets a girl as per his skills, he cant marry aishwarya) haves children (no choice if he wants male or female and no guarantee that his children will not have any deformity) after some time he dies (again no choice),
Man is a slave of circumstances that he is born into, since birth all he does is flows like a river whose path is chartered between the matrix of other peoples life. A Man is not free.
i remember a nice line i read some where freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose… Untill you loose your last breath you are not free..
I Have tried my best to explain the things, but you cant talk a believer into non beliver, unless his mind is receiptive to it. We are comfortable with beliveing what we have always belived. I think a sudden change of belief is what enlightment is, which is hard to achieve..
P.S. In order to keep the posting short i have limited myself, else i had many more things to say..