Our will is between free and not free. We are as free as we know of the influences of the world. Our brain runs on a deterministic chemistry, but our consciousness is the result of a higher, recursive process. But by “higher” I don’t mean “mystical.” It is more like an emergent process, something that can only exist in its entirety and cannot be broken down scientifically without destroying it. It is as if you wanted to analyze a cloud. It looks like a distinct entity from afar, but once you get close, once you fragment it into its contents, it vanishes.
You see, once we have used philosophy and science to establish that we have free will, we can follow a whole number of values and views for our life from it. If we assumed that everyone is just the product of his or her environment, then why even bother, you can’t change yourself. Anything goes, no one is responsible for his actions. This is not the philosophy of a leader or hero.
To establish our free will, we first have to look at a number of other issues, including the objectivity of perception, language, and communication. In the end, the goal of the book series is to teach people to be leaders, but also to be able to defend their philosophy against arguments such as, “Aren’t we all just brains swimming in a laboratory of a crazy scientist?” or “Our consciousness creates reality, not the other way around. What is your proof that reality is real, and existence exists?”