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We did not control when or where we were born. We had no control of who  were our parents, siblings or status, financial, fame or otherwise.  We  had no control of our gender, original health, DNA, inherent tendencies,  etc.  We had no control of our early upbringing, how we were treated,  what we were exposed to, nourishment, etc. We had no control of our early education or exposure to outside influences.  We had no control whether we were bullied or abused sexually or otherwise.  Did not the foregoing pretty well determine the direction, flavor and choices we are  experiencing in this lifetime?  Should not this realization affect how we view the struggles of others?

We now do not control our bodily functions, heartbeat, digestion, respiration, etc.
We have little if any control over viruses, infections, immune systems, accidents, etc.

We do not control when, where or how we die.

We do not control all those little or sometimes big unexpected events occurring daily in our lives.

Yet, we think we are in control.

Of What?

We think we are making decisions between multiple choices but are we  really?  Perhaps we are, but are not our choices based on our ingrained beliefs, acquired habits, conditioning, etc? We say we could have chosen the other option.  But why didn’t we?  We weighed the options, consequences, etc and made a decision.  In  other words it would have required different circumstances for us to have  made a different decision.  But only what is, IS.  So, was a different decision ever in the picture?

We think we are controlling our thoughts but are we really?  We have no idea of our next.  We cannot even stop the incessant flow.  No one thinks before hand, next I’ll have the following thought.  They simply flow from beyond.  If we are not in control of our thoughts, what then can we possibly be controlling?

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”   Nikola Tesla

Is free choice actually a delusion?   I do not know the answer and do not believe it can be proven one way or the other but only conclude that the evidence suggests we are somehow here to experience that which is beyond our control.

A little food for thought.