I watched Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. It got me thinking about free will. I came across this article that states:
Many neuroscientists, armed with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other brain scanning tools, argue that, now that we can peer into the brain, we can see that there is no “agent” there making choices.
Is Buddhism and the idea of free will not compatible? If our ego is an illusion and there is no core self – how can there be free will? But if we don’t have free will then, how can we be held responsible and suffer karmic consequences of our actions?
I also watched Bohemian Rhapsody. I came across this article about Freddy Mercury’s last recording session just a few months before his death:
This is hard to explain to people, but it wasn’t sad, it was very happy. He was one of the funniest people I ever encountered. I was laughing most of the time, with him. Freddie was saying [of his illness] ‘—- that. I’m not going to think about it, I’m going to do this.’
I got this idea a few days ago. I hoped it would go away. But it stayed with me. Sometimes, I think it is a good idea. Other times – utter nonsense. And very dangerous. And stupid. I thought – if meditation was so important to me then why would I stop meditating for long weeks or even months every now and then? If I was convinced that Dharma was true then there wouldn’t be any room for half-assing. So the idea was… I will either meditate every day – or, if I missed even one single day, I will stop practising altogether.