Free Will – A Double Edged Sword

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. – by Jawaharlal Nehru


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By Avdhessh Arya

Life is a combination of two mysterious phenomenons: Effects of your past karmas and free will.

Free will simply means that you are free to do anything at your will. It’s the freedom and power to ‘Fire at will’.

It’s the power you are blessed with to do anything.

But as with any power, free will does come with a price-responsibility to use it with caution.

Free will is a double edged sword, a sword that can cut your hands if you are not careful.

I have seen many people abusing this great power.

They use free will to harm and control others. They exploit people and snatch from them something that is not rightfully theirs. And then, law of karma kicks in. It makes them pay for their misdoings.

Their life becomes a series of misery and sufferings. And then, they complain, whine and crib.


They look for excuses. They blame society. They blame people. They blame god. While in reality, it’s their foolishness that is to be blamed.

If you don’t know how to play with fire without getting burnt, don’t!

Not only will it burn you, but, will leave such scars, that you will not be able to recover fully, ever.


Editor’s Note: Avdhessh Arya, is a personal development coach for youth and voice actor, who helps young people break walls of self-imposed limitations and become confident individuals. He is also the founder and owner of, a website portal with focus on dealing with lack of self-confidence, negativity, self-doubt, lack of focus and more. Visit to read more such insightful articles.