Man A leaves the house. Gets in his car, pulls out of the drive way, drives down the street. The light turns green. Man B, runs a red light and smashes his car. Man A, has to go to the hospital, he has to call his insurance company, he has to rent a car, and, eventually buy a new car.
A woman is walking down the street late at night. Two guys jump out of the car, hit her over the head and knock her out. They throw her in the back of the car. She wakes up to the two men raping her. She leaves, she is afraid to walk down the streets at night, she doesn’t trust men.
A man born in Afghanistan becomes a scientist. He decides he wants to study the ice caps and global warming. He spends the rest of his life in solitude and study. He holds his foundational familial, communal and religious beliefs. A missionary never found him.
A woman has a child with a deadbeat boyfriend. He’s emotionally neglectful and doesn’t seem to care about her or the child. After a while she decides that it isn’t healthy for her child to grow up in this environment. He remains a deadbeat and refuses to pay child support. She has to get a second job because she needs the help to financially support herself and her child.
A father wants his son to go to his Alma mater. The kid wants to be an artist and go to art school. The father won’t support his son unless he goes to that college. He won’t sign his loans. The kid ends up going to that school, majoring in something he doesn’t love, ending up working a job he will always hate.
A convicted felon is trying to change when he gets out of jail. When he gets out, he can’t pay his court fees, his license is suspended so he can’t get a car. Now, he can’t get to job interviews. He is homeless and starving. The only access to money he has, was the criminal acts that he previously did.
Do I have free will? Or do I have free will in response to others free will being imposed upon me?
Do we have free will over the families we choose?
Do we have free will when something awful happens to us?
Do we have free will over the things we believe because of our sociological and familial beliefs and religious practices?