The Jewish view of consciousness is not of homeostasis but of dynamism, conflict and change. Each moment we choose whether to be selfish or kind, impulsive or reflective.
Human beings have long wondered about the extent to which we truly have free will, or whether the path we travel is pre-ordained.
Once we have set down a certain path, human nature makes it increasingly difficult to reverse course.
“Freedom” is not a binary state – either we are free, or we are not. Rather, “freedom” is a matter of degree, but while we may not be completely “free,” we still are responsible.
If we simply feel invested in our choices — even if sometimes they aren’t always “ours” — we can then own them and take responsibility for them.