January 31, 2012
Free will is too general concept to be viewed as "it's there" or "not there", i.e., it's not black or white. For example, consider a child who is brought up by parents who are abusive, neglectful and indulge in anti social behavior. That child, as an adult, is less likely to be as stable as one who was reared in a loving supportive environment. I say "less likely" but it's not absolute. Human behavior is too complicated to make simple generalizations. (Hmmm, that statement is also a generalization ...)
It seems that there must be a supreme being considering the enormous complexity of the universe. But there's no way to know for sure the nature of the supreme being.
This is also a complicated question that cannot be answered in a simple fashion. It would depend on the situation. For example, are the "means" too dangerous to cure the "problem", or is the "problem" so severe that the "means" is justified. The degree of danger and the implications of the "means" is open to interpretation, and sincere people can disagree on their merits.
No - but I think you're kidding.
I like debate and discussing issues.