Higher Knowledge -  Desire: Root of Knowledge

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By Luis on April 13, 2012 -- 4:43pm

I tend to agree with Rabbi tatz in many areas.  However, with respect to free will, I can’t say that he’s correct, but I can’t say that he’s wrong either.  What he is saying is that we choose what we choose just because that’s what we choose, and that there can be no other reason.  However, I beg you to consider the very first choice a person must make in their life. If its true that we choose to choose, then with respect to our first choice, we come across a dilemma.  The dilemma is that in order to make the first choice D, one must first choose to make that first choice. But if there is a choice C prior to the first choice D of which is necessary to choose choice D, then it would seem our first choice D isn’t first but the prior one C is. And yet, in order to choose C, a choice B must be made to choose C so that choice D is made. And yet, choice “A” is necessary to choose B, to choose C to choose D.  All of this is necessary because nothing is done until we choose to do something. We find ourselves in an infinite regress of choices, meaning there never is a first choice.  And to be sure, I’m quite positive that we are not makIng choices randomly but deliberately, for if random, our free will would not be free at all.  Therefore, the idea that we choose just because we choose does not seem plausible.

    Now, even if we say, as Akiva does, that free will is only relevant or exercised in the area of moral decisions, we still find ourselves in the same dilemma. 

    However, the only way out of this conundrum is to say that we are God in some way because while God is infinite,  He is beyond time, He does not have a step by step regress about anything in his nature.  And so our free will must exist at that level or something similar. 

I’m not saying that I have no free will. I’m just questioning they’ll the aspects of it so that I can understand. Pleas comment




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