Freewill
Off the Wall, November 23, 2017

Need I tell you, I’ve always had a love for words. It’s true; sometimes I don’t use them correctly along with the fact that my grammar is out of whack, I admit that. But I won’t go into a spiel why that is, because it’s a boring subject, and I have no intention ever to bore anyone.

I hope you find today’s column more uplifting.

I’ve often heard the word “freewill” used loosely, and to my way of thinking, I’m going to tighten it down a bit as a way of making one think what that word really implies.

If one looks up any word in a dictionary, the first thing the reader sees is it broken up in syllables. So, if I am going to do this correctly, I have to take the word in question and break it apart and start analyzing the word in “halfies” before the whole truth can be unveiled.

So, I have to start with the word “free.” Since there are only two syllables to this word, “free” has to be the first.

If one were to look up the first syllable under dictionary.com, there are thirty-eight definitions of the word “free” alone. I’m not going to touch on all of them or I “will” be out of space and “won’t” have opportunity to spend a little time on the last four letters.

Without referring to one of those selections, I think it’s best to interpret that word from a Pee Vee perspective.

“Free” to me implies “effortless action.” I collect a lot of loose change I receive in the mail as “free gifts.” I know there is a catch to getting these coins, but the only place this money will be caught is in my pocket. As far as I see it, unsolicited money or name labels sent to me are gifts.

If one speaks of a “freebee” for Pee Vee, I didn’t ask for it, but I get a great deal of pleasure from whatever the thing for which I don’t have to trade in my free change. I think, “Free” is synonymous with “gift.”

Does one have to thank for a gift if it’s free? Society says yes, but this philosopher states no. If a reader states one must definitely thank for a gift or something that was given freely, then let me ask this question. How many readers have thanked for the name labels sent to addressees – I bet not too many?

“Free” defined by dictionary.com means, “not controlled by obligation or the will of another.” That kind of ties into what I stated above. Here’s another – “Not subject to conventional restraints.”
Does the reader get the idea what the writer is implying? I think everyone knows all about “free,” and even has his definition, so let me on to “will.” As defined by the same reference, “will” is “a capability,” “an ability to choose how to act,” and “the power to control the mind.”

So here we have two words that are positioned on two sides of a seesaw, if one still remembers what one of those play toys looks like. “Free” is available without effort for the taking, and “will” an act performed by controlling the mind. Let’s just call this the “GYL Syndrome (GYLS).” “G” stands for “green,” “Y” for “yellow,” and “L” for light.”

GYLS sets one up for smooth sailing. In the midst of that, enters a “yellow light” that removes the “freedom” of moving forward. Instead, the big question arises: “Won’t” it be better for one to cut a path toward one’s future than to just cruise on “Green?
As we all know, there is no such word as “Freewon’t?” We must maintain our thoughts using the GYLS approach if the outcome is going to be according to one’s goal.

One may act haphazardly which is part of the “free” thing. Kneading the clay of direction will pop into one’s mind as a “yellow light” and the “will, an action taken.

So let’s look at the word up for discussion – “freewill.” I like to think that human beings in general strive for the good rather than the bad.

Everything we do in life, in most cases, starts out with the act of a mind decision. What we eat for breakfast, color our hair, or go to church. How one conducts his life will yield a consequence, as all freewill actions do.

Life is not as free as one thinks. Be careful…


- Paul J. Volkmann
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