Lately I've been observing my thoughts and actions, and I am starting to believe more and more that we really do not have as much free will as we like to think we do. Think about it, you can make any decision right now. But won't that decision just be the natural result of many different variables (mindset, personality, past experiences, mood, daily routine) all combined to create an action, or a thought? For instance, let's take a hypothetical situation in which a person believes he has free will: Let's say I tell you 'Think of anything you choose to think of'... and you say "I want to think of pizza, so I choose to do so, by my own free will"... Well in reality the only reason you chose to think of pizza it was the most readily available thought from your subconscious at that moment to choose as a conscious thought. Not only that, but the only reason you thought of pizza is because I recommended that you think of whatever you want to.... when I said that your mind, much like a machine, came up with pizza of its own accord... not by your choosing. So it would seem that everything, our actions, our words, our thoughts, our sensations, are happening of their own accord and we just are overwhelmed by the illusion of being in control... when in reality we are on the ride. So the only true choice we can make is the choice of how to perceive our own lives.... whether we perceive ourselves as the agent of action (the creator, the agent of free will), or as the awareness that perceives the action, as the experiencer of the action. Thoughts on fate? Can you prove to me that you have free will? Because I feel like anything you do can be fit into a mathematical "equation" in which an infinite number of variables pre-determine every action "you" take.