How did we ever get the notion that choice is possible? For instance, it seems like the concept is deeply ingrained in our society. But of course, that doesn’t make it true — as history points out, many ideas once thought valid, no longer are.
It seems as though a lot of suffering follows from the idea that we’re able to make choices. For instance, we tend to negatively judge others and ourselves for “making poor choices”. But when we look deeper, we can see that no choices were made, people come into this world with a mind full of natural tendencies and preferences which are further shaped by their surroundings.
Perhaps it’s just another odd predicament that life puts us through. We seem to be dropped into the world amongst a sea of confusion. And the understanding we seek isn’t actively discovered, but passively revealed over the course of our lives. For instance, we’re surrounded by the seemingly unimportant, and it’s not until we experience a sudden moment of clarity, that we’re able to recognize the significance of what we’ve seen.
And if choice was possible, wouldn’t we choose to be better than we are? If individuals have the power of choice, wouldn’t the collective whole of society also choose to be the best it could be? But instead, we struggle to improve, as individuals and as a society.