I wish for: a free will

march, 2002

When I was preparing this issue I involuntarily remembered a book that I read with fascination around twenty years ago: 'The Dice Man' by Luke Rhinehart, in which the writer ( a bored psychiatrist) lets his life be determined by the throw of dice. Consistently, at every moment when a decision has to be made, he chooses a number of the dice for every possible option. He actually literally does whatever the result of the throw of the dice calls for, leading to all kinds of crazy scenes and many hilarious moments. One never comes to know whether the book is fiction or not.

However, what does remain is a consideration of whether from the personal perspective it makes any difference if you assume free will or not. Could this perhaps be what is meant by self investigation?

There appear to be a variety of approaches to throw light on the subject of 'free will'. It seems to be a subject that can only be spoken about indirectly and everyone handles it their own way as far as language is concerned. It is up to you, the readers, to discover the language that appeals to you and throws light on the subject for you. The subjects free will and surrender ('Your will be done') seems to be inextricably intertwined, but this remark will mean more to the jnani's among us than to the bhaktis.

Wolter approaches the subject effectively by translating your wishes and desires into the question: 'What do I actually want?'. Jan van Delden relates how Odysseus discovered free will. Douglas Harding explains how you can always get what your heart longs for. Hans Laurentius establishes that 'free will' is a contradiction: how can a will ever be free?, he asks himself. Justus Kramer Schipper writes on the subject of how we, dancing like trained bears on a hot plate, make lists of wishes. Jan Kersschot asks himself: 'How can a mirage discover itself?' Jan Koehoorn and his discovery while 'leaning back'. Tony Parsons says: 'You need not be sorry about anything anymore.' Ramesh Balsekar: are you the doer of what you think are your actions? And, a first, from 1988, an interview with Alexander Smit about his realization. In the section, more free will, a collection of texts that we could not exclude. Finally I try to show you how a spoke sticks into a wheel.

Did we as editors have the choice of whether to choose this subject or not?Finally there is no one who chooses, at most there is a thought about a person who wishes to make a choice.

'You don't have to accept your destiny, you have to choose it.'

[Paulo Coelho in 'The fifth mountain']

[Kees Schreuders]

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