Hmm, funny thing. It now feels as if you didn’t believe in free feel. No, Brennen, I really don’t understand it. I’ll keep reading your discussion and try to learn from it. Thanks for your patience.
Here’s the “third way” on offer.
I feel free. I am free. I am free to select the option I prefer. This is compatible with that being the one and only thing I can do.
Sometimes I feel freer than at other times. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing what I want to do and sometimes I feel like I’m doing what I have to do.
I’d like to study the difference in the level of freedom I feel from zero to 100%, in the extremes of these two positions.
But what I’m darn sure of, is it has diddly squat to do with being able to do otherwise.
If I’m doing what I have to do it still means I am choosing to do that, it’s just I can’t find a better option.
someone said to me, we always have choices, it’s just sometimes you’re staring into a barrel of shit trying to select the best turd!
Any way this is the third way I’m suggesting. Drop the idea that could do otherwise, has anything to do with freedom what so ever and see if it works.
After all, we experience freedom but we don’t experience doing otherwise.
And why on earth would you want to do other than pick the option you prefer?
And how could it give you freedom if you could?