Free will


This can be defined as the belief held by those philosophical doctrines in which it is established that people have the power to choose and make their own choices, that is, that nothing is decided. Very varied religious authorities have supported this fact, however, it is important to note that it has been criticized as a form of individualistic ideology promoted by thinkers such as Baruch Spinoza, Arthur Schopenhauer, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche. Free will indicates that the performance of an action by a person is not fully conditioned and linked by previous and subjective factors, in which the perception of the action of said individual was induced solely by his wishes.

There is no doubt that freedom is a faculty that is closely linked to another gift as human as is the case of knowledge. Such knowledge is the light of the will on which freedom is established. Through knowledge, a person can reflect, collect information regarding a certain event or, failing that, ask a friend for an opinion before deciding on something important. On the other hand, through free will, the human being can perform good actions, in which case it is necessary to emphasize that goodness remarkably improves people’s hearts. However, this does not mean that the person cannot perform a bad action.

Choosing the good over all things is an example of the ethical responsibility of that human being who, motivated by his willpower and ability to overcome, has the need to grow as a person.

Despite all of the above, it is necessary to mention that human freedom has limits, this is because it is conditioned by the circumstances of space and time. So this means that no human being is free to change the mistakes made in the past, since yesterday cannot be changed. The freedom that an individual possess will always be related to the power of now as a field of action.