Editor’s Note: The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of René Descartes by Andrew Pessin is now available here.
Ours is a life that is entirely out of our control.
Lots of things determine what choices we make: hunches, personality, our beliefs and desires, the laws of nature, etc. And it turns out we don’t control any of these things. So while it may seem to us, living life forward, that we have genuine options, that the road forks and it is up to us which path to take — in fact what we “choose” is entirely determined by factors out of our control. There’s just a single road ahead, and we have no choice but to take it.