Free will. Predestination. Which is it, that at the helm of living things.. Does theological need for an order predestined exclude free will. No.. we all know we are free to take any path we want. Or are we? On one side of this coin is our concept of time and on the other the bifurcating of choices that lead to the taking of an action.
Ok. This is the crux…. If we agree that time is a conscious construct; that it is required by the organism to make sense of the continuous and unrelenting change going on around us, and, that this change, in all of its entirety, constitutes the current state of the universe as a whole at any singular point in relative space. Seeing that change itself is a constant then this reveals that time is nothing more than the awareness of the moment by the conscious entity. If we accept this, then we can look at the nature of consciousness differently. Free will and predestination seen through this lens, one that has no affiliation with philosophy or theology, it at once becomes clear that the very existence of free will brings about to a certain extent some degree of predestination.
All organisms in their ageless task of evolving with the universe are tuned to the niche they reside in. They are bound in the choices they can make, to a greater or lesser extent they employ conservative approaches they think will maximize their ability to thrive, meaning reproduce, and minimize the risk that they will in any way fail in this purpose. Predestination is a byproduct of species and behavior that is genetically programmed, an environmental consequences that bring about adaptation. Adaptation is the act of free will tuning destiny, changing some of the built in predestined rules of speciation.
Seen from this place where time is known to be not a dimension but only a wave front of awareness; then the organism exercising his strategy in life wields free will in most cases in a way that will produce a form of predestination which results in evolutionary and genetic constructs. Actions, thought and reaction to the environment force us moment to moment to make an endless choice of decisions, decisions about the slightest to the grandest event that could ever confront us. In order to do this we need the concept of the the ordering of time. The conscious mind is trapped within itself, moving in accompaniment in an inner dialog working out the direction in which the body is Destined to arrive. Free will is thus occasionally a haphazard semi-conscious automatic response to the moment. Then sometimes it is the meditated and deeply considered decision that keeps one from falling from a cliff or concluding what is appropriate for their child. Something more meaningful in the latter case, but more often the former is all that is required to navigate through the day. Nevertheless, the total aggregation of these minute choices determine the nature and degree of the predestination we allow to creep into our lives. The word, the concepts are inadequate in the face of the knowledge of the absence of time.
Why remove time? Anytime you can simplify the description, definition of a thing you can also just as in a mathematics equation, take a leap closer to the truth at the core of the thing. The necessity to view living through the yard stick of time is valid. We all feel that we move through a corridor of time as we live out our lives. The planetary mechanics of the day and night mark out the ruler in its relentless iterary function system. But the universe is never static. Not in any dimension large or small and the change so constant that without the notion of time making up the dimension of our experience of that change, all perception would be meaningless.
We don’t know how many conscious minds there are out there beyond this world, but even on this world consciousness is scaled up and down to all organisms in all there forms. Even the ant experiences living, the Galapagos tortoise take it all in stride at a pace that only it understands. All of the change the universe has wrought HAS brought about life on this world. And the very nature of living makes us dependent on the time concept. But to remove it is to simplify the equation, it puts the focus on what the universe is doing (including us) and not on an arbitrary and varying scale such as time. The result of this approach reveals more than it excludes when something that is a construct unique to the operation of consciousness is left out. For physics time is important because it represents a scale that is to some extent measurable and can be factored into the examination of 3 dimensional space at the scale in which live. In the scale of quantum mechanics or even strings, like gravity it becomes so weak it’s barely measurable. Beyond the observable universe it is thought that the wave front of the big bang is moving faster than the speed of light. Another relativity leap of tremendous size. Up or down the leap between the structure of the very small and the very large is incomprehensible. Yet, a field of some sort binds them. They are part of the same thing. The wave front of creation is our awareness of now. A concept that is constant at all scales, much like a field to which our minds resonate.