‘Free will’ is the concept that humans have the ability to act independently; that decisions are a result of someone’s own actions, beliefs and convictions, and not the product of fate. Free will allows humans to make voluntary choices instead of acting according to a ‘plan’ or ‘design.’ It also means that humans can act according to their own wishes – they do not have to adhere to the same social, moral or other constraints as others, if they wish.
Whether or not humans have free will is based on an individual’s beliefs, and there are various arguments as to whether free will is good or bad. The effects of free will can be positive and negative, depending on a person’s point of view. Arguments supporting free will as a necessary, beneficial reality include:
Many people believe in free will as a good thing, and avidly support it. However, free will has negative consequences as well as positive effects. Some unsavory outcomes of free will include:
Most individuals will need to decide for themselves whether or not free will should be supported or opposed. Supporters of free will can be seen as inspiring anarchy; opposers can be seen as supporting dictatorship. In the end, there is really no clear-cut answer as to whether free will is a good or bad thing.