I once answered this question:
If you don't believe in choices, and that everything is determined, then why do you try to convince others to "choose" that there is no such thing as choice?
and I felt my answer to be accurate but long winded, and not as to the point as I would have liked, so this a a more clear follow up attempt.
I started the last post stating this was a good question, but the truth is: this is a terrible question. It is much the same as the question "why can only purple giraffes fly?". There is a trick in here, and to attempt to answer the question is to admit on some level that there are flying giraffes, or that there are "purple" giraffes, which, as far as my understanding of the evidence is concerned, is not the case.
So in the same vein, to answer this (initial) question is to admit, on some level, that I think people can choose, and therefore contradict myself. The truth is, however, I do try to convince people of my argument, but I do not recognize their actions to do so, or not do so, as a choice.
I urge the reader to re-read the question.
"If you don't believe in choices"
- meaning you cannot conceive of such a thing existing given a logical understanding and an earnest account of the evidence available -
"then why do you try to convince others to "choose""
- now the questioner has forgotten that you have no conception of choice, or does not care that he/she is contradicting himself/herself - there is now an assumption that you somehow (all of the sudden) know what it means to choose-
"that there is no such thing as a choice?"
It is within the realm of the question: "If you don't believe in god, why do you pray to him?" This cannot make sense because if the person truly does not believe in god, then the person cannot pray to god.
Why do vegetarians only eat lions? Why does Wal-Mart smell like the color purple? How come 8 is great than 15? These are all very stupid questions, and though this particular question does not seem as such at first glance I would like to make it clear that it is, and add it to the stupid-question pile.
dank je wel,