Laughing in the Face of the Will


"We laugh at him who steps out of his room at the moment when the sun rises and then says: "I will that the sun shall rise";

... and we laugh at him who cannot stop a wheel when he says, "I will that it shall roll no longer";

But, all laughter aside, are we ourselves ever acting any differently whenever we employ the expression "I will"?

The takeaway from any philosophical discussion on free will should revolve around the feeling of choice. The act of choice is both a passive and active phenomenon." (Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, Friedrich Nietzsche) 

Kelly Perez, Adjunct Professor