is this possible for a free will denier?
Keep It Real wrote:I have an unhealthyworld view, where all my failings and accomplishments are attributed to genetic and environmental influences beyond my control. If only I could snap out of it and take responsibility for my actions...that feeling of accountability would surely spur me on to take pride and feel guilt about my deeds, leading to improved behavior. Just the thought to take responsibility is all that would be required, but is it possible to take responsibility for something one is not truly in control of? Thoughts?
PensivePenny wrote: But it does sound like you're allowing someone else, maybe someone from your distant past, to direct your thoughts. Even this isn't outside your control, but recognizing that influence is essential if it exists.
Keep It Real wrote:
If you don't take responsibility for your actions you feel no pride or guilt. If you do take responsibility for your actions you feel pride and guilt. You can't have your cake and eat it too, regardless of how good it feels. At least I can't, if you can handle the cognitive dissonance then that's your...er...attribute.
You don't?!!!PensivePenny wrote: Why do you have these notions of good and bad?
Keep It Real wrote:So you never feel guilt or pride either? If somebody held a loaded gun to your head and said they'd pull the trigger unless you counted to three would you feel responsible if you then counted to three?
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