Is Free Will a Myth?
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines Free Will as "a philosophical term of art for a particular sort of capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives." In other words,choosing on basis of desires and values.
To fully understand Free Will is to accept that Free Will is not absolute. Along with evolution, society has had to impose limitations on individual Free Will in order to protect whole. Without it, there would be chaos.
But has limitations been abused or have we given away our free will. For example we are shaped by external messages we receive:
* Our parents beliefs and values are taught to us during our childhood.
* Government social policy dictates how we should live. (ie..who we can marry)
* Organised Religion tells us what is a sin and what isn't.
* The media shapes stories to dictate what they perceive is "truth"