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Free will and sense of self

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Recently I've been struggling with questions about free will. Someone started talking about how we don't actually have free will etc which made me anxious and then I looked up a bunch of theories about it which I KNOW I shouldn't have done, but did anyway. I started freaking out about how we are who we are only because of our experiences, how if I was born somewhere else or to some other person, I would be a completely different person. I don't know why this is freaking me out so much. Does free will exist? Are we only a product of our upbringings and experiences? Agh.
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Nature and nurture. You are a human descended from a long line of humans through selective (or not) breeding. Certain behaviors are predetermined. You will need to put food in your mouth. You will need to use the toilet. You may find it helpful to form bonds with others in your quest to survive. Whatever free will you have will

depend on how succesful you are at meeting the obligations of survival. If you have time left over, you might develope some individual behaviors that will be limited by your physical and mental capacities as a human.
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