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Free Will
by Leland Waldrip

Sunday, February 08, 2004

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Free Will

How to assess if free will we possess?
Some lend voice to unfettered choice,
Would separate will from any process,
And from nature untied, rejoice:

“Worldly connection does not induce
Unique human capacity to choose,
Cognition and rationality transduce,
And moral responsibility imbues.”

Supernatural self so defined

Is exception to nature’s flow,
With existence is not entwined.
How would reality, it ever know?

With any causal disconnect prescription,

Troubling random disorders introduce,
Lessens utility and proper ascription
To capacities our choices produce.

Some folks, options within nature fix,

For more choices to consider, select.
It’s orderly in natural causal matrix,
And choice, ownership does reflect.

For our choices within nature’s bounds,

Are very human, even if mistaken,
And caused, as circumstance surrounds,
By antecedent availabilities taken.

Capacities for cognition and rationality

Were caused by brain convolution,
Morally responsible choice capability
By social interaction and evolution.

Within one’s own daily choice purview,

We notice decisions made before,
Bear on what we can now do,
And what we can’t do any more.

Yes, free will’s contextual definition,

From the natural order does flow,
And applies to optional condition —
Of individuals, as we all should know.

We’ll take the naturalistic version

Of a not quite so free will,
Knowing it fits -- a recursion
Of choices as our lives we fill.


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Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 7/5/2004
I believe in a certain destiny, a well laid path meant for each of us, a divine plan, and yet, alongside it, or zigging and zagging it and sometimes losing it, is our free and too often foolish will. But the path calls, and only its soil feels right beneath our feet, once we find it, and once we keep to it. It seems here you've found yours.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/10/2004
Well penned, as always, Leland and I love how you place so much wisdom and profound questioning in your verse.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 2/9/2004
Flowng and well wriiten Rhyme and poem and message....
Leland wonderful!!!!
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/9/2004
Free will is a marriage between Philosophy and Psychology in the presence of Ethics as a standing witness and officiated by an intelligent Poet. A thought-provoking poem.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 2/9/2004
Well written, Leland..words of wisdom!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/9/2004
A well-crafted masterpiece - most excellent!
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 2/9/2004
I'm with Robert on this one. Excellent write.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 2/9/2004
Leland....Fantastic write!!!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 2/9/2004
well said
Reviewed by jude forese 2/8/2004
free will is our ability to interpret our motivations before they occur and then to act upon them ...

as always , a very well written poem ...

Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 2/8/2004
Leland some good messages in this will gets us in trouble sometimes...great write...floria
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 2/8/2004
It's all about parameters and what we know or perceive to be socially acceptible, isn't it, Leland? It's about self-monitoring... allowing for the rights of other's, then stretching ourselves within boundaries we accept, individually and collectively... free will, like many things, is relative... unique is the 'brass ring' and of nature... you are unique. katy xox.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/8/2004
"Free Will" shows that the Poet is sailing on the poetical Sea with his course set to Poets Laureate's Island.

I am enjoying Your 2004 production, Poet!

"Free Will" ponders, instructs, guide wisely and place the arrows where everyone can see.

The lexicon made the rhythm superb and the closing lines are golden!

My respect, gratitude and admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/8/2004
Always want to "free Willy", but I heered he was dead--nevermind.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/8/2004
Always a pleasure to read you!!

Wise write Leland!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Helga Ross 2/8/2004
Leland, both the form and the expression of this work are exceptional!
My kind of poetry. Says something worthwhile in an intelligble and poetic way ;)
I'm not going to suggest I completely succumb to your argument, however, as artfully laid out as it is. Nature and nurture play their part, and I still wonder within myself which part the stronger.
I lean to Nature in spite of Nurture, or lack there of -- ie: not everyone abused acts in kind; not every one disadvantaged turns to criminal behavior; not everyone born with a silver spoon holds like values.

Just thinking out loud... Thanks for making me think!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/8/2004
Excellent write to be pondered before conclusions are drawn.;-) Always a pleasure to read your thoughts Leland,you write with such expertise and lucidity!
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