The Possibility of Free Will

It is difficult to exercise the will without believing in it.

If a person does not believe that she has free will, how can she steer herself in her life? The hopelessness of it is overwhelming.  Even if free will does exist, if one does not believe in it he can not access it. Because the power of self-determination is only as strong as the belief that by striving, working or paying attention, one can have some effect over the outcome of one’s life.

Therefore, we must act as if we are not simply subject to our impulses, circumstances or habits, if we are ever going to master them. Believing that you could control your life is a necessary (though not sufficient) condition to controlling your life.