Within the spiritual community there’s been a lot of conversation surrounding soul contracts, soul missions, and the law of attraction. These phrases and the contexts in which they’re discussed, suggest that much if not all of the content of our lives and beings are preordained.
However, this stance omits a critical component of being human: free will. As incarnate individuals we have the personal agency to make choices that precipitate adaptive or maladaptive outcomes in our lives, the lives of others, or the totality of existence.
Moreover, by neglecting free will we run the risk of absolving individuals of personal accountability, perspective taking, empathy, and rectitude. This is particularly evident when spiritual tenets are misappropriated to engage in victim blaming or to excuse those who have committed maltreatment (whether egregious or minor in severity) of the personal volition that fulfilled their transgressions. Because let me be clear: When one is performing any type of harm, the onus is on them not on the individual who is enduring affliction. Yes, there are grace, forgiveness, and redemption. But those virtues can’t come from ignorance and denial.
While we enter this world with purpose that does not mean that we are absent minded puppets of the cosmic machine. We always have the free will to yield helpful or injurious results. Hopefully, we have the awareness, as well as the moral and cognitive development to do the former and correct the latter.