Free Will By Definition Is A Theological And Philosophical Idea

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Free will by definition is a theological and philosophical idea referring to the ability of man to choose an action at his own accord and motive (“Free Will.”). He is also responsible for the consequences and repercussions of those actions. Many Philosophers believe that these observations are true, but, other philosophers think otherwise; although men seem free to do as they please it 's a mirage. The Philosophers that deem this “free will” is false conclude that a man’s sense of freedom is influenced by a higher power or the laws of nature (Pines, Shlomo). In the short story “shooting an elephant,” the man in the story is stuck between a rock and a hard place, when he has to shoot an elephant that has gone astray and is causing chaos. In the story is seems like the author is trying to find an excuse to shoot the poor animal. Considering he doesn’t want to shoot the elephant, he continually tries to devise a plan that will give him any kind of justification to shoot the creature. As a police officer, he has an obligation of keeping the citizen’s safe and proving to the natives that he 's a capable officer. He has to demonstrate that he’s willing to do anything for the good of the natives. However, personally, it is suggested that he doesn’t want to kill the elephant, “as soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him (Barnet and Bedau 722-727).” Immediately upon shooting the elephant the animal slowly agonizes for hours before he…

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