Saint Augustine : The Problem Of Free Choice And Free Will And Into The Wild

1669 Words Oct 1st, 2015 7 Pages
As humans, we make choices every single day from the moment we wake up each morning. Some of these choices do not seem to affect our lives with much significance, such as what we choose to eat for breakfast. On the other hand, some may change our lives forever, like deciding where to attend college. The choices we make lead to the experiences we have. The texts of Antigone, Saint Augustine: Of Choice and Free Will and Into the Wild contain instances of decisions that led to experiences, which result in the realization of what is deemed right and good in life. To determine what is right and good in life, a person must experience the wrong and bad in order to differentiate and truly achieve what is right and good based upon knowledge from these experiences. What is right and good in life can be defined in differently depending on the person, therefore it is a concept derived from the subjective view.
According to Saint Augustine: The Problem of Free Choice, as humans were are automatically subject to having bad experiences as a result of sin and desires of the temporal goods. Throughout Augustine and Evodius’s conversation, it is understood that evil has “two senses: one, of doing evil, and the other, of suffering evil” while God is not the cause of doing evil (Augustine 35). Having God not being the cause of doing evil and only suffering evil, there must be another source as, “ there is no single cause, but everyone who does wrong if the cause of his own wrongdoing”…

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