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How Free Is The Will In Society

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Free will does not exist in today’s society. Can we love who we want and not be judge because of the race or gender? Can we commit a crime and not have to face the possibility of capital punishment? Can we work and not pay taxes? These are the things we question in our society. In some way, shape or form, we have free will, but in overall we do not. Our free will is ultimately controlled by our religious beliefs and our government.
Our religion prevents most of us from a lot. As I am a person that believes in God, I believe that by serving him interferes with our individual free will. The idea of free will in many religions is centered on ideas of God and does not allow the possibilities ...view middle of the document...

We as Americans work hard to support our families only for it to be taken from us by the government. Majority of everything that the government does is done at our expense. They have taken away the freedom to protect ourselves. If a person is continuously being beaten by their abusive husband/wife, Girlfriend/boyfriend or family member, that person has the right to defend themselves without the fear of being arrested and thrown in jail. I should be able to carry a gun around to protect myself from being hurt or killed. The government also has the power to say whether a person lives or dies. In June of 1790 the first congress of the United States authorized the federal death penalty. Since then, there have been 343 federal executions, two of them which were women ( People who commit crimes are okay to sit the rest of their lives in prison as a punishment. The government tells us who can and cannot drive and that if someone has not passed a driver’s exam that person cannot drive. If a person knows how to drive carefully they should not need...

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