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Who gave us Free Will?

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

In our first blog post, we posed the potential solution for healing an ever growing political divide we are experiencing here in the United States of America. Through the efforts at the Federalist 2.0, we hope and pray that we can provide the tools and techniques that will help the citizens of this great nation, turn their anger and their angst away from each other and toward the real evil that lurks at each and every soul. The ever growing political class that seeks to divide and separate us to their own political benefit to ensure their control over the citizens of this nation. They pursue this control to continue their efforts in supporting their own desires and vices as well as to pay their financial supporters. The current social and political strife that we see playing out in our nation and on our electronic devices are not intended to seek common ground, but to stir the emotions of anger and hatred (a vice by the way). Where this fanning of the flames of emotion might translate to what is called "Real Change". Where some examples of "Real Change" are outlined in an article in Vox Magazine: "What 4 organizers want to see from America’s protests".

It is safe to say, from these experiences, we all do agree there are some instances of police brutality and the ideas and hope for positive change to how police manage their efforts could be formulated. But overall, given the advancements of this nation and positive impacts the police forces around the nation have made their is much hope (See a Pew Research Article called Behind the Badge: Police Views, Public Views). The challenges that are to be faced in the days, weeks and months ahead, can be tied to similar circumstances that the founding fathers had to face some 250 years ago. The founding fathers began to ask about the efficacy of a new and fledgling country: “Are societies of men really capable of establishing good government from reflection and choice?” We wrote the following in the first article of the Federalist 2.0 to advance this perspective:

"After the uneasy experience with the inefficiency of the existing federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on new laws and approaches [certification efforts] which may or may not eventually result in changes to the Constitution of the United States of America. This subject speaks on its own merit as to the importance of this subject; we should understand the consequences of not succeeding is nothing less than the termination of the existence of the freedoms of this union of these United States of America and the safety and welfare of the parts in which it is composed, and the eventual fate of this empire in many respects, which by far has been the most interesting in the world for the past 250 years. It has been frequently remarked by others around the world that this freedom we possess would seem to have been reserved for the people of this country, due to their conduct and example, such that we may be the last of mankind to decide this important question, “Are societies of men really capable of establishing good government from reflection and choice?”, or are we as mankind forever destined to depend on our political governance by accident and force. If there be any truth in this statement, this crisis for which has guided us to this point of arrival may with critical importance be regarded as the era of mankind in which the final decision will be made; and if we make a decision that takes us down the incorrect path or we make the wrong selection to correct the troubled direction of this Union, it is within these failed efforts that we may, in our view, deserve to say that it is due to the general misfortune and fate of mankind." All men are created equal, but do not live equally.

Through this prose we saw in the Federalist and now in the Federalist 2.0's first paper we need to ask the important question: What is "Reflection and Choice"? Is that not the notion of "Free Will"? What specifically is free will [Wikipedia here] and how is it defined:

free will noun
Definition of free will (Entry 2 of 2) 1: voluntary choice or decision I do this of my own free will 2: freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention Merriam-Webster

The final question we seek to try to determine in this Blog post today is this, "Who gave us Free Will?" This question, though simple is the root of all that follows, and if we cannot properly answer this simple question with a simple answer, we cannot hold people to any of the principles of the Federalist 2.0. The simple answer is: God. Yes, I said it... God. He/She/It has been at the table of creation for many many years. The notion of God is as old as civilization and the notion that we have to somehow replace or repel the notion of God, was only considered within the past several centuries (See History of Atheism).

Within the notion of Free Will then comes the philosophical bind that cannot be unwound, if God did not give us Free Will, then who did? Or better yet, can someone have a better Free Will than another, thus can oversee another's Free Will?

From the perspective of the Federalist 2.0, the answer is "There is only one God" and no one individual has enough foresight and saintly behaviors to be endowed with the responsibility of another's Free Will (we are assuming fully sane and capable human beings). This perception and understanding has some roots in the following philosophical argument that is called an Ontological Argument for the existence of God. As it is not possible in a short Blog Post to make the case for the existence of God. It is possible to make the case for the "Notion" of God, per the Ontological Argument, if I believe there is a God, God exists.

So from there we will start. The "Notion" of God exists, thus the notion that there is Free Will must exist, derived from God then it is possible and real. If we can determine that we have Free Will and have choices that allow us to exist in our culture and society. We must then accept the notion that we all have a soul, in which we know deep inside the true nature of Good and Evil, of Right and Wrong and of the pursuit to be Good and just in a divine purpose such that one can drive a nation and civilization to success.

So the challenge now becomes, what is the meaning of Free Will? How does the belief in God allow a nation to prosper and to grow. How can a nation be and seek happiness within this context? Given the concept that we are all "Children of God", that we all seek to ensure our souls are protected from harm, we can define as a species what our true happiness is...

.... that is the pursuit of our character, of a pure soul...

If the true meaning of "Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness"was to really live our lives to the fullest with the most amount of liberty to pursue the divine goal of perfecting our character, the entire potential system of government falls into place. The founding fathers had unlocked this secret to creating and managing a nation and society. The true nature of all men and woman on this planet is to pursue their happiness. That Happiness being the pursuit of their character, without coercion, within the air of Liberty and only through their own individual Life.

So what pursuit is this within the context of some of the solutions in today's world, what is the poison that ruins these ends? These are simple, another person's pursuits are impacted by others through the use of Lying, Cheating and Stealing... and of course physical or emotional abuse. That is it!

For example: When we promote journalism within lies to move a narrative, we tell a Lie, we then harm those that depend on the honesty of that reporting. When we Cheat through what ever means we decide to cheat, through claiming benefits when none should be claimed, we cheat the systems and hurt ourselves and others that may be in need. When we Steal, even the destruction of private and public property is stealing, we harm the individuals that have worked hard to provide for their families. When we throw bottles or bricks or objects at the police, we harm the police as persons, head injuries and other terrible injuries. We pursue these ends not with a heart focused on an end to prove and improve our character, but in a method and with methods that destroy the natural urning for people to believe, to hope and to grow into people they can proud to become. We do these things from a place of vice, where we don't know what we are doing or we do these things to move our political agenda forward in attempts to fan the flames of emotion to elect those who might not have our best interests in mind.

Inherently, the natural expectation of any human being is to believe their government is out to ensure their safety, ensure their rights to be able to provide for their family and to ensure their own pursuit of Happiness, in what ever form that can take.

When the social and political structure fail to provide this expectation and reliance, adding more controls and government only creates more stress on a citizen, thus further weakening the structures of true support and the bond between the citizen and a supportive government entity.

What if, we could find and promote leaders that would support this notion of Life, Liberty and Happiness?

What if we could find individuals that would do the following:

  1. Believe in one true God

  2. Work hard to provide for their families and communities

  3. Seek forgiveness for transgressions against others

  4. Commit to forgiving others for their faults and challenges

  5. Define their family and friends structure to help prevent them from failing in character

Would these people not be the type of people that we should ask to lead our communities, our cities, our counties, our states and our nation?

Let's compare to what we see in political arenas today, we have individuals that:

  1. Denounce the existence of God

  2. Have no other skills other than of the tongue and only know politics

  3. Never seek to undue errors they have made in the past

  4. Seek to divide and condemn others that do not follow them and their ideoligy

  5. Purposely grafts the fat from government to pay their supporters in immoral ways

So it is clear now... This is the purpose of this first and most important concept for the Federalist 2.0. The Federalist 2.0 claims and states that there is God and that there is Free Will and through this statement we can and will continue the work the founding fathers started to craft One Nation Under God With Liberty and Justice for All.

- Publius

(C) 2020

(TM) Federalist 2.0

The next Blog Post will discuss the notion of Free Will Cannot be Taken.

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