Is Everything Really Nothing? … July 30, 2017

Determinism:

a :  a theory or doctrine that acts of the will (see 2will 4a), occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws b :  a belief in predestination.

Does this theory render free will to be nothing but an illusion? Does this mean that nothing can be done to change the status quo? If this conclusion is correct then there can truly be nothing new under the sun.

Does this theory, or doctrine (belief system), mean that it is useless to propose or do anything to change … anything?

If there is no free will then how do new ideas initiate? Are what seem like new ideas merely outgrowths that while seeming different could not exist without what came before?

Perhaps there are no new ideas, only altered aspects of what is or was. Maybe nothing can come to be without a foundation. If that be true, then how did anything begin? How many times did it begin before a stable foundation was achieved? Is civilization merely resting on a mound of ashes from what failed before?

It seems to me that the concept of having new ideas appear requires the existence of free will. Without new ideas nothing could have begun. Therefore, nothing could be without free will.

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