Does Free Will Exist?
I started thinking about this when I saw the other thread telling everyone how privileged we all are. His thesis basically being my life sucked growing up -> IB is nothing compared to that, we all should be grateful -> check your privilege.
My case: Free will does not exist. You don't pick your parents so you don't pick your genes. Similarly, you don't pick your environment. Your environment and genes determine 100% of who you are. Thus, there is almost nothing about you that you choose. Where is the free will in this?
The OP in the other thread sort of humble bragged saying "I went to a good school despite shitty household, full academic scholarship, 3.95+ GPA, 99% MCAT, ground like hell for IB." As tempting as it may be to take all the credit for beating the odds, the truth is most people are not capable of getting a 99% on the MCAT. I couldn't achieve that score no matter how hard I studied. That is genetic. He had no role in being gifted that kind of intellect.
Having this kind of mindset has been really helpful to me on a personal level. I am grateful, and more importantly, more humble because I deeply believe that all my successes are not really due to my own doing.