How does free will give life "meaning"?
Beginning with the Oxford dictionary definition:
The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.
Synonyms: volition, independence, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, spontaneity, freedom, liberty
We can see that the concept of free will is closely associated with personal freedom. However, if I have free will, then so does every other human being. And if human beings have free will, and God exists as our creator, then God also has free will. Therefore, the inherited gift of free will requires one to practice moral responsibility; because if we did not, we might have to answer to all others with equal power of free will.
...some go so far as to define ‘free will’ as ‘the strongest control condition—whatever that turns out to be—necessary for moral responsibility’...
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Free Will
(First published Mon Jan 7, 2002; substantive revision Tue Aug 21, 2018)
And we know that there are many conflicting views regarding:
These conflicting philosophical views have divided many of us into those who believe in free will versus those who rather believe in determinism. Therefore, the concept of free will can only give life meaning for those of us who believe in it. And our belief in free will is motivated by certain personality traits:
- we tend to believe in the existence of one true creator God, itself possessing the characteristic of free will along with the associated moral responsibility required
- we tend to seek happiness
- we tend to seek freedom
- the idea of personal freedom (free will) makes us feel happy
- we are willing to accept the moral responsibility that goes along with knowing that if we possess free will, then so does God and our fellow men and women