Nothing illustrates the difficulties we have with free will better than our relationship with cars.
In January, 4 facts struck me:
- On the 5th, a Cavalier was t-boned by a semi. The front passenger died.
- On the 26th a head on collision between a Honda Civic and a a Chevy Trailblazer killed parents of 12 children.
- On the 30th Honda recalled 140,000 Honda Fits because a single power window switch over heated, started the car on fire, and killed a child.
- On the 22nd Toyota began the recall of more than 7 million vehicles of various models because the gas pedals may stick.
The latter two events cause world wide media coverage, escalating costs for manufacturers and dealers simply for the fix (let alone the damage to their future businesses). The first two caught headlines for a day and were then relegated to the local news pile.
Both had equally tragic deaths. Why the disparity? The deaths in the first two weren't even attributable to alcohol by the driver or active freewill by the passengers (merely passive).
Free will. The "oppression" of the manufacturers on the general public is far greater (and in need of more grave correction) than the active freewill of individual drivers. Manufacturers need to spend millions of dollars or public relations and repair to undo the grevious harm they have inflicted on society. The car "accidents" are merely another circumstance of modern living.
We accept so much for the sake of freewill.