Freewill is a wonderful gift. A gift from God as I believe or just some wonderful freak of nature if you go that way. Humans are unique in their possession of freewill, birds, fish, dogs, and contrary to popular belief even cats do not have freewill. Other than humans all other creatures are controlled by instinct, a programming that dictates their behavior. I love freewill! Oh, maybe some are not sure what freewill is. Here is a brief definition. Freewill is the ability to make choices for yourself without constraints.
Of course we all realize that although we have freewill there are some entities that seek to place limits on our exercise of our freewill and we may face consequences if we choose to exceed those limitations.
Limits are placed on our freewill by God (if you believe), governments, churches, society, parents, spouses, bosses, friends, our own consciences, and of course natural laws. (i.e. gravity)
Consequences vary, eternal damnation (I don't go that far), death, jail, speeding ticket, no dessert, no job, guilt, a soar rear end, and whatever. Freewill also allows us to determine if the actions we take are worth the possible consequences.
As I said before I love freewill but I feel the limits placed on my freewill are closing in on me. The constant march of government farther and farther into my life is worrisome. The Bush administration put limits on freewill in the name of freedom from terrorism and the Obama administration is placing limits on freewill in the name of everything. No matter the outcome is the same for all of us less opportunity to exercise the wonderful gift of freewill without consequences.
Freewill is becoming an endangered commodity. Soon we will have about as much freewill as our cat. And no that is not a good thing.