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Fate and Responsibility
« on: December 11, 2013, 03:51:38 PM »
While this can be used to discuss our free will with relations to the omniscient knowledge of God, I am not meaning that directly.

Let us imagine two different people:
1. Fred, a teenager
2. Ginger, a hyper-hyelophobe (fear of glass and/or crystals) who destroys glass on sight

Both walk down the street, and in each particular circumstance, both destroys a pane of glass as (s)he passes by it.

Suppose Fred just likes the sound of glass breaking and "wants to watch the world burn" (obviously liked Heath Ledger's Joker a little too much). He went out with a baseball bat, and destroyed a pane of glass as he passes it. Is he at fault?
Now suppose a hard determinist world view. Fred was fated to break that glass, even if the appearance of choosing otherwise: by not going out with a bat, or simply leaving the glass alone. In this case of absolute fate, is he still at fault?

Suppose Ginger sneaked out of her psychiatric ward. Obviously, in a world covered in glass, living with hyelophobia would be very stressful. Ginger is in there because she takes her phobia to an extreme: by destroying glass when she sees it. When she manages to escape, she passes a pane of glass on the street, and as she does, proceeds to smash that glass. Given her condition, is she at fault? Is she merely a slave to her passions? Or could she have risen above the temptations of smashing glass?