It is possible, though, to understand the actual process and still feel as if you are in control. It isn’t that hard to do. Any intelligent person can do it. It’s a little like watching a movie. You get caught up in the story and you suspend disbelief. But you never lose sight of the fact that it’s only a movie.
I think we had this discussion a long while back, but I don’t mind going through it again. It is an interesting problem. I think that the “person watching a movie” analogy breaks down, when you must consider (if you are being fair) the possibility that our awareness of the story line could actually be a factor in changing the story. This doesn’t happen when you watch a movie. But it may well happen (and I think most probably does) in our actual lives.
Yes, of course, it probably does, since anything that happens to us can affect what determines our thoughts and actions later. Analogies are never perfect. They are just a device for making a complicated concept a little easier to understand. They don’t always work and they are naturally sketchy.