Invitation to the Spiritual Café-Durham Experience, Sunday, April 15th
Free Will — Free Choice — Do We Really Have It? Are They the Same? Why Does It Matter?
Join us for an energizing and spiritually enlightening discussion about the concept of ‘free will’ and ‘free choice’ at our Global Center for Spiritual Awakening’s Spiritual Café-Durham Experience, from 10:30 to 12 noon on Sunday, on April 15, 2018 at our Durham headquarters (1405 Autumn Ridge Drive – our house).
We believe when you meet with us on Sunday and discuss the implications of the age old belief in ‘free will,’ you’ll discover how controversial the concept is and why it continues to intrigue psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, theologians, humanists, and philosophers … and us!
The points of agreement and disagreement will fascinate you. Their reasoning will tantalize you. Their perspective will provoke your own curiosity. Their resolve will rekindle your own desire to adopt and/or question the entire concept of free will – or, are you ready for this, our penchant for ‘free won’t.’ And of course, it leads to the question “Is free will and free choice the same thing? And does it matter?”
And there’s the testy issue of “Free Will” versus “Divine Will (or Divine Order, as many call it) — and how about that belief that ‘It’s a free country!’ And how does this impact our Spirituality?
Here’s something to think about: Neuroscientists are beginning to believe that we are mistaken in believing that intention initiates every action. Many of our decisions are initially being made on a subconscious level and only afterward being translated into a “conscious decision,” and that our belief that it occurred at the behest of our ‘free will’ was only due to our retrospective perspective on a particular event.
Isn’t that interesting! Are they on to something or are they merely scientists thinking inside the scientific box? Or how ‘bout Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher who is best known for his 1818 work, The World as Will and Representation, in which he characterizes our world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will? His works have influenced such notables as: Carl Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche, Otto Rank, Joseph Campbell, Albert Einstein and Bernard Shaw, to name a few.
Here’s a question Nietzsche came up with in terms of ‘free will’ that gets us thinking: We will the good, and God wills the good – and yet evil happens. So, where is the freedom of will? And where is this good God and His free will?
Looks like we’ll have a lot to talk about, playfully examine, and compare notes with as we riff together on ‘free will.’ We’ve actually created a new term (anyone surprised at that?) We’ll share it on Sunday and see what you think!
We hope you’ll join us for a highly informative, enlightening, enriching discussion this Sunday, April 15 at GCSA Headquarters. Bring a snack if you want – we’ll supply the coffee, tea and hot chocolate, water, and cold drinks – and plenty of ‘soul food’ for discussion!