I believe in “free will”. I believe that free will governs personal choices.
If a criminal had a hostage and you were a witness. The criminal has a gun and the hostage is tied up to a chair.
The criminal says you have 2 options: 1) I give you the gun and you shoot the hostage and we pretend this never happened and I will pay you to keep quiet about it.
2) You refuse to shoot the hostage and I will kill you myself.
Obviously the only choice is number 1, but if you believe in free will there is a third choice.
3) The criminal gives you the gun and you shoot him or spare him at your mercy.
The free will choice is then based on your personal characteristic whether or not you are “good” or “bad”, but then again there is no good or bad in real life it is just somebody’s opinion of things. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you spare the criminal or not the important thing is you changed the course of you future by using your free will and making a third option that did not exist.
Free will has the power to change anybody’s future. It depends on a person’s will, whether or not the person is willing to change his or her future.
Here is another example. You have a choice between Obama and McCain, but if every American was willing to change their future they would do an unexpected thing. They would not vote for either candidate. That would be one of the most massive display of free will if it happened.