When we think of the freedom of choice we think of the ability to make a decision on our own accord. The choice could be right or wrong or mostly right or mostly wrong or neither the possibilities are endless.
With that said I started thinking the other day about everyday problems that we are placed in that would be almost impossible to solve without some sort of preparatory knowledge.
SIMPLE EXAMPLES OF PREPARATORY KNOWLEDGE:
Trying to Build a Book:
If you were given a single page from a book, it would be impossible to insert it correctly into the completed volume without Page Numbers. Yet to have page numbers means the entire book would need to exist before the page was issued. So it would be logical that: If given a few pages, and if the pages contained possible connected information; a character is born, a character is getting married, a character dies for example we could attempt at inserting the pages.
The Card Catalog at the Library:
When we go to the Library to find a book, we must reference the entire Library to make a successful search? Meaning the Library had to be indexed prior to us finding anything in(the card catalog)
Identifying a Strange Animal:
When we see a strange animal, our minds quickly take the animal and compare it to other animals that we have already seen. Once we have enough comparisons made our mind then makes an educated guess . So it would be logical to assume the more animals we see the more animals we could identify.
The situations above in a way show that freedom of choice is only relevant if the outcome of the event contained in the situation is “indexed” prior to making a choice. Because how can we say we have freedom to choose when in fact if given a single page to a book with no numbers, the only Options are to … Eat the page with Ketchup… or to insert it into the book knowing full well that page will be inserted incorrectly. Both options regardless of the freedom to choose are not really options of choice but a guess of options.
So you could say that the Freedom of Choice is really the ability to make a single decision whether the choice is right or wrong is irrelevant if the the situation has never occurred and has no plausible answer at the time, but more importantly the freedom is in the memory of the choice and the reuse of the choice as reference to make another less, equal to or more complex decision.
Yet what this also proves is that the more education one has of a certain situation one has more options to choose from giving one a richer and greater selection of favorable outcomes.
SIMPLE EXAMPLES OF PREDICTING THE FUTURE BASED ON PREPARATORY KNOWLEDGE:
Watching Someone on a Bicycle Peddle by on a Bridge:
Lets say you are walking across a bridge and along side you someone passes you on a bicycle. Chances are you could choose to believe that the very same person will be cycling on the bridge exactly .003 seconds in the future.
Dumping Out a Bucket of Water in The Sun:
Lets say I have a bucket of water and I dump it out on the concrete on a sunny day. Chances are I can choose to believe that the water I have dumped out will evaporate.
In both of these examples although they are extremely simple, the conclusion or choice to believe is based on knowing the outcome prior to having to make a choice.
So if we can see that the freedom of choice really only works if we have prior knowledge of the situation, then could we say that the lack of preparatory knowledge of a given situation relies more on Destiny or Fate?
This reinforces that choices made under the circumstances of ignorance live outside the quantifiable spectrum of probability and human understanding?
It’s an interesting idea because what this would also mean is that the “Smarter” one is the more accountable his or her actions are? This basic concept is literally how we use the judgment of a child’s actions in court.
But does the term Smarter constitute Mind or just Intelligence? If one spends their entire life growing smarter without really questioning the “Why” or the “How” or the “What” of their actions then does one’s Mind really grow?
Essentially we can without very much thought assume the growth and healthy maintenance of our Body through natural means. Eating healthy, exercise, sleeping… But when we say Growth of Mind, are we tapping into Choices in Morality?
PREPARATORY KNOWLEDGE – CHOICES THAT DO NOT RENDER HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF MORALITY
If someone can solve a basic math problem let’s say 1+1 = 2. The ability to solve this problem you could argue doesn’t result in a higher understanding of Morality.
By knowing the exact PANTONE color of a swatch of Purple, also one could argue doesn’t result in a higher understanding of Morality.
Knowing how to start a fire, or fill a cup of water, again one could argue doesn’t result in a higher understanding of Right or Wrong, Good or Evil or Morality.
With these examples and with the examples encapsulated earlier in this article, I am attempting to layout a basic foundation about the Freedom of Choice and our global understanding of Morality in order to bring “any” reader to a single conclusion about how we tackle our problems, and that even if the choice was wrong, how we need to keep sight of the ramifications. how the very idea of “An Eye For an Eye” doesn’t make any sense whatever if the person or people have different levels of Morality than yourself. I was extremely inspired by Barack Obama’s speech when he won the Nobel Peace Prize and I think that what he says towards the end of the speech is so well done everyone can benefit from watching it.
The continued expansion of our moral imagination.