- chad manderscheid
- United States Minor Outlying Islands
Entrepeneur, sentient beings
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Does the example of inspiring people like Vaclav Havel and Nelson Mandela who triumph over adversity provide evidence of free will?
The passing of President Havel made me think of how he and others like him appear to have made amazing contributions through the strength of their characters. Havel's own dictum that "truth and love will overcome hatred and deceit" to me gives hope that with courage we can choose to make a real difference. Which would seem to show that we are not just slaves to our genes and environment. Do you agree? Or is their lonely "upstream swim " against oppression just a consequence of accidental and singular conditioning? Another example, Abraham Lincoln overcame his personal lack of advantages by self education and he also battled crippling depression and widespread unpopularity and misunderstanding by the majority of the American people and yet made a difference.