Free Will: the wrench in the works
Humans have free will to an extent that no other species on the planet has. To a certain extent, free will puts our destiny and our journey in our own hands. With our free will, we are free to choose our attitudes, and we are free to change them at a whim. We are free to choose or desires and we are free to convince ourselves of perceived needs, wants, hopes, and wishes—therefore we are free to be happy or unhappy when those expectations are fulfilled. We are free to be so silly and hypocritical to pray to a god to help us fulfill the needs and desires we created.
We are free to remain aware of learning opportunities in life and we can decide whether to partake in them. Karma will forcibly bring learning opportunities to us if we won’t do it by ourselves, yet we remain free to choose whatever course of action we will take. Even when we have the wisdom to know the right course of action, we are unfortunately free to choose whether we will perform our dharma. Terrifying to think of the karma that results from shirking duty—but that is the nature of free will.
Being like us, with free will, develop into spiritual beings over a very long time. The main thing is, when we graduate it is not because we gained credits for merely attending the classes, for simply participating—we graduate because we have actually acquired the skills. The University of Life is not like the North American schooling system that is compelled to move students along in the grades even though they do not have the skills. The University of Life will only let you graduate when you have actually mastered all the required skills. Simply arriving at class for the day, slothing around—will not get you graduated. Working a long day to pay the bills, then slothing in front of the TV before going to bed will not get you graduated. Careers are not important in the cosmic scheme of things—life is. The needs that some people create for themselves, that cost so much money that it takes two wages to pay for it and leaves no time for life—will keep you from graduating. That is the nature of free will—it can be a blessing or a curse—you decide.
Of course, you have the free will to decide not to graduate any time soon. You can decide to take a few reincarnation world tours before you get serious about your studies. Do what you will and perhaps next time you will be born in Detroit, next time in Laos, then in Kanaggakootchoo and a few times in Bagdad and perhaps in Siberia or Xjulkabawhaxno a few times. Several lifetimes, in different genders, different environments, and different tests—could be exiting. However, since you are reading this it tells something about your level of soul development and chances are that you have been around the block a few times already. Chances are that you are getting tired of redoing the same grade or same skills tests repeatedly. Beauty is, you have free will to decide whether you will advance your studies in the University of Life on Earth.