Why do anything at all

Jonathan Bricklin brickmar at EARTHCOM.NET
Fri Oct 31 15:09:53 CST 1997

Greg Goode writes:

>This is true!  Many people ask "Why do anything at all?" when they first
hear that we have no right to the results of actions, and that ultimately
there is no personal doer/recipient of actions.  If there is no personal
motive for doing anything, then why even get out of bed in the morning?
A friend of mine just yesterday asked me this very question, seeing
everything from her own viewpoint.>

People often say, in response to the possibility of the non-reality of free
will, "Why get out of bed?"  I think that tells us how exhausting life has
been as an individuated agent self.  By all means, tell your friend to get
a rest.  Then let her see what happens.  The phone rings, the bladder gets
full, she smells coffee brewing, she notices a fresh snowfall outside the

Jonathan Bricklin

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