Lately, I was remembering the Stoics from my humanities class. Their teachings said that "we have no control over much of what happens to us. We can only control how we react to them".
But lately I've been thinking, do we have control over anything at all? Meaning, do we have free will?
The Stoics' teachings already take care of things that happen to us without concern (which is a lot) but what about when we do things that we want? Don't we have control of that?
You could say that, but there is one problem: do we chose what we want?
What I'm trying to say is, did I chose to want to become a physicists? Or to want to eat that burger? Or to want to take the bus instead of my bike?
What is the source of our wants?
Our wants appear to simply be put on us by something (can be god, nature, chance, destiny, who knows) without any concern from us. However even if we have concern over them then you would have to ask what made us choose some wants instead of others (did we want to want those wants?).
So it appear that we have no control of the outside (physical world), but we also have no control of the inside (our mind). Thus, we have no free will at all.
What you guys think?
EDIT: I noticed I didn't talk about being able to say no to your wants, so I'll say it here.
Saying no to your wants is a want in itself. When you say no to a want is simply because you want something else. Like saying no to your want to eat a burger because you want to be healthier. Or saying no to having an afraid because you want to go to heaven or because you love your wife.
Thus, saying no to a want is a want in itself and thus it applies to the OP.