The Impossibility Of Free Will In The Other Wes Moore

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BSTRACT All humans have the idealization of freedom and of choice. The given reason any person has this is their own free will. Giving them the option to say “yes” or “no” to whatever they please. There are no limitations to that, only obstacles and temptations. In Literature throughout history there is proof that free will can be taken away. In religious teachings there is extensive evidence of free will being taken advantage of. This doesn’t change the fact that free will is still truly free. Individuals decide their words and actions, because no one else can. Even if the environment, nature, and others try to take away free will, it will ultimately prevail. PERSONAL ANECDOTE During the beginning of the fifth grade, I knew …show more content…

In his novel The Other Wes Moore, Moore takes us through his upbringing and the person with the same name as him. Although they have the same name, their stories are vastly different due to the environment surrounding them. After not studying for an English test Author Wes would be put on academic probation and his mother will send him away to military school. Even though he understands his situation he didn’t believe, the school “understands [his] situation” (Moore 54). His transportation to and from school was ever changing, he’s fatherless, and his mother is overworked. Recognizing that …show more content…

A professor of philosophy at the University of Mexico, Morris Lazerowitz, has reviewed the aspects of how people may view free will. There are many “perceptions of free will” and how people can view it differently from others or even think that it is nonexistent (Lazerowitz). As humans we don’t agree on many things. Including others opinions, others ideas, others beliefs. There will always be different opinions on how free will is exercised in our lives. Through actions, words spoken, and decisions these are a few ways we live freely. These are controlled by the individual only until it is not. A collective could argue that “everything in the physical process is determined” prior to the individual taking any action (Elrington). Everything in the course of history can be predetermined but the actions taken to get there are not. An event could change the course of history being that, someone's decision changes or they do not attempt to do the action. Consequently, it is not logically possible for “something to happen without a cause,” since our future can’t be predetermined (Lazerowitz). Motivation and change of plans set people up for the use of their own free will. Allowed to do all the things they please, without interference from external

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