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Q: If I control everything that happens to me, why would I ever choose to encounter adversity or pain? 

Q: I got something I don’t want, how did I choose this?

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Natural Laws show us that everything in life works with cause and effect. Even the simplest of actions will produce an effect. We feel we have control over our lives when we can explain how our actions link to our results, when we fail explain this link we feel as if we did not truly choose the result. However, even if we do not understand the results of our actions, our actions will still produce the results. Every thought we have, every action we make, begins a chain of cause and effects which ripple throughout our environments and create our lives. Anything that happens to a person follows this pattern. With enough information any person’s result could be followed back through this chain of cause and effects to find the source and beginning to it all to be himself. Therefore agency or choice always exists, but it is the lack of information which causes the perception that we have no control or choice in our lives.

Additionally our wants are governed by reality or information. For example if you were to buy a new pair of shoes, your choice would be governed by multiple things such as price, location of the store, quality of the shoe, brand name, etc. What we “want” is dependent upon this information. A person may initially say they want one thing, but when they learn more information of what else that choice brings they may find that what they want, changes. Therefore our ability to perceive what we truly want is limited by the amount of information we perceive. By observation we know that everything that has already happened, happened by Natural Law, was chosen by the person and is what the person truly wants. For each person, the reason pain and adversity comes is different, but there is a reason which can be discovered as we gain more information.

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Q: Why does it sometimes appear that a person can influence another person?

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It appears at times people or events can influence one another. However, their interaction is not creating something new in either individual but is merely meeting one or more of the wants that each individual already had to begin with.

Let’s take a simple interaction to explain this idea. Imagine you are hungry and decide to go to your favorite restaurant. A server greets you and shows you the menu as you order the same thing you get every time you go. Now take a minute to think why you and the server are coming in contact, you are both there for completely different reasons. You are hungry and want to eat, while the server probably is working because they need money.

Without the server you would still be hungry and without you the server would still need to work. Your wants are independent of whether the other one is there or not. You do not need that specific server or even that restaurant but you still need some way to access food to satisfy your hunger. In the same way, the server does not specifically need you or the restaurant, merely a way to gain income. Thus being independent, both meet each other’s wants without influencing the other. The same example works with millions of things in our lives, students and teachers, friends, parents and children, and even inanimate objects like people and food.

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