Being an audience to the play!
Before the start of this post, I would like to pose a question to you:
Does free will exist?I came across an article which actually talks about how it is our neurons which does the action. What we are is because of our neurons and how it fires up in the brain, moment to moment! Now, that's an interesting and also scientifically proven thing to ponder upon.
Given a stimulus, millions of neurons start working up their way through various synapses across thousands of complex topologies which in a matter of micro seconds recalls our past events and analyses our present situation to hint the brain to act out an output accordingly.
Now this output that our brain directs our body to perform can be considered to be an identity that we assume for that stimulus. That is, we assume a certain role against that stimulus in this world, that Shakespeare considered as a stage.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players
I have had a journey of a year in this blogosphere. And this journey included posts that I thought to have resonated with my thinking at that time. Out of those posts, some were related to masks that we wear in this world. I believed that wearing a mask is crucial to one's existence in this stage called as the world. But things have changed a lot during this one year, and I have grown out of that phase. I do not believe any longer to always carrying a mask in order to survive. Doing things that give you a meaning, saying things which give you individuality, being you yourself which gives you happiness is what I have grown up in this one year to believe in.
With this the belief in being an audience to the ongoing play in this stage has become essential to my being. It is just like reading a novel. You become an observer to the story that is being unfolded in front of you. You might also have a role in that story, but at the same time a part of you is outside of that illusion and is just observing the theatrics of people present in the stage.
However, there is a slight difference in reading a novel and being an audience in the real world! In reading a story ( or watching a movie/theatre) we just remain in an idle state with mere commentary to ourselves of what the protagonist should/could have done in certain scenes.
But when you become observer to the real world and its people (including you), you would no longer have to remain idle with a handful of commentary. You can actually go inside the scene that is being played to do exactly what you think should be done by the protagonist. You can actually become the protagonist of the play.
Of course there is a downside to it. There sets in a buffer (or a delay) in recognising, moment to moment, the millions of neurons that are banging the door of your consciousness to immediately take part in the scene in progress. But that buffer is the essential characteristic of an observer who also happens to be a promising protagonist of the play!
So, Does free will exist?
[This post is an elaboration of a comment that I made in a blog post (link)]