- Sep 29, 2021
- Basic Beliefs
The accident is unique combination of circumstances, the elements of the collision, the pedestrian, the driver, the state of the traffic lights, the driver being distracted, etc, coming together to cause an unavoidable event.
The elements of the collision are analyzed after the fact and corrections can be implemented, thereby helping prevent another accident under those circumstances. Action and reaction. Event and response. Thought processes determined by the information made available to the brains of those involved in road safety. Still nothing to do with free will.
Those involved in road safety? Hang on a moment, where does that come from? How does it come to be that we have designated people responsible for road safety?
It is all about choosing. By the choice of individuals we agreed to constitute a nation and each of its states, in order to address matters of public concern. One of these matters we chose to address was building roads and bridges, especially after someone imagined the possibility of an alternative to horse drawn carriages, and made all the choices as to how an automobile should be designed. Then people made their individual choices as to when to replace their horse-drawn carriage with an automobile. And then there were automobile accidents. And then state legislatures considered the causes of these accidents, and discussed many possible ways to reduce this harm. They chose the specific rules they would enforce.
Do you get the picture? There was a whole lot of choosing going on. Not just "action and reaction", but thoughtful choosing. Not just "event and response", but deliberate planning.
And what is free will? Free will is a choice we make for ourselves while free of coercion and undue influence. So, there was a whole lot of freely chosen "I will's" going on all over the place. And that's how we ended up with specific people being assigned responsibility for traffic rules and enforcement.