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November 4, 2012


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"In a world..."

Jm764 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which one do you think would be the best?
Assuming beings of higher power existed in this situation...

1. A world where free will doesn't exist, you believe only one thing which is "built" permanently into your mind... but nothing "bad" has ever to you or anyone you know, there is perfect peace in which you enjoy, and there's nothing to make you think that your way of life being controlled by higher beings is a bad thing... but you ARE AWARE of these things.

2. A world in which is ruled by higher beings and DOES exist, you we're given a basic concept of "good" and "bad", but leaves those decisions up to you. Death, war, etc. exist, but said higher beings would (actually) come back one day and put an end to it all. But there would be horrible consequences for those who didn't take head to anything those higher beings said.

2A. Same as 2 except the higher beings DIDN'T come back.


3. A world in which NO higher beings existed, there was no "after", what ever goes goes, and when the world ends all perish with it...

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theGman0 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist
No one believes in #1
Vulpimo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Number 2, it would be nice to see the look on people's faces when the higher beings come back lol
OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd say 3.
LBtheCC Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like one, frankly. Happiness is in short quantity. Free will is overrated.
carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In a world wherein everyone has gone mad, it is best to be crazy. I choose option 3.
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To be honest, I wouldn't really care. Its not in my power regardless of what happens, if I were to somehow have no freewill, I wouldn't know it. The analogy of the man in the room suits this well:
( it goes a little like this )

A man wakes up in his room, hes just slept and decides he isn't going to get up just yet, so goes back to sleep, he thinks he has a choice, but he didn't realise the door was locked and couldn't leave if he wanted too or not.

I'm sure if we don't have freewill, it would be similar to that.

The higher power thing just seems to remove responsibility, in the sense of God, it seems to remove morality, or whats good or bad. Such as, being scared of someone so you decide to be "good" because of him beating the crap out of you or punishing you isn't reinforcing why you should be good or bad. All its doing is telling you to be afraid. That isn't a good morality.

The third is how I see life. Simple, my life is unimportant, I'm tiny and insignificant and it doesn't matter what I do. I'll cease to exist one day. It sounds a bit grim but its not really, because I know my effect on other lives could make peoples small life on this earth a happy or sad place, and I choose to be empathetic and care about those, and to make a positive impact. Thus, better morality.
TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I'd agree with loki on this. Perhaps we really would be at our happiest under rule.
Then again if all people knew that for a fact on 3 then that would be good too, religion brings so much suffering to this world it's insane, you don't belive this well you have to die, of so your a woman thats nice now do what the men say, oh your gay your an abomination. I mean come on.
WolfySpice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think the third is the best, simply by virtue of pure familiarity.
ObsessedWithShiny Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I think 2 is the best, because Free Will is something everyone should be given a chance with in my opinion, but doing bad things gets you punished by this "higher being". It's quite similar to this world except it's more like 2A because, so far, no higher being has come to punish us.
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Photographer
I like 3.

As for the others, I don't think the concept of "free will" makes any sense when you get down to it. My choices are never free; they depend on my knowledge, personality, current senses and whatever else is going on inside my brain, and if you could completely recreate my brain state, then I think I'd make the same decision again (unless it was truly random). So I don't think free will even makes sense, because there is no explanation what part of me, exactly, does the free choosing.
siantjudas Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Whichever one has the most alcohol.
KlaxonLithology Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
#3. A world in which there is perfection, or the promise of perfection, cheapens existence.
hippo-rim-job Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Didn't Ricky Gervais make a movie about this?
Jm764 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a way yes (The Invention of Lying)... but in these examples (2 - 3) lying already exist along with any other "fault" that we know of...
hippo-rim-job Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't know. As a kid I would have said this is ridiculous. As an older adult sometimes I wish I could do away with free will.
Jm764 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We see...
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