Motivation vs Freewill: Are motivational speeches enough to feel motivated?

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When people’s nerves become habitual of motivational speeches, songs etc., they start losing their free will and the ability to take a stand in life’s most important matters.

by Muhammad Shahbaz

It is natural to be inspired by people’s personalities, their speeches, stories and their achievements. The question is where does this inspiration come from? How do we feel motivated? Is that really some motivation kind of thing that comes from somebody else’s story of life or that is freewill which is somewhere in our own selves.

Motivationand free will are two different concepts. Freewill is not an illusion rather it is natural and unlimited. It generally operates according to the availability of choices either good or bad.

On the other hand, motivation is an illusion; imaginative, exaggerated and somehow we can say it fictional. Psychologically, motivation is linked with brain and nerves, that is why, it affects the minds directly and urges people for certain tasks mentally. No doubt motivation is a great thing for many of the disappointed persons as it encourages them to take a stand in their lives to regain their success and status.

Throughout the world, there are so many motivational speakers working for the motivation of the downhearted people and to release the fear of failure from their hearts; as the fear of death is on second number but the fear of failure is on number one.

Now a days, motivating people is becoming a kind of business and a source of earning. Earning through motivational speeches is not problematic but the problem is that motivational speakers exaggerate things. The way of telling a story of someone’s achievements in a fictional way is not a good thing. By doing this, they make people dependent on someone else’s thought as they are not able to exercise their own free will. When people’s nerves become habitual of motivational speeches, songs etc., they start losing their free will and the ability to take a stand in life’s most important matters.

As we know that we are responsible for our deeds and also for what we have done throughout the life. That applies to the day of judgement and also to the worldly justice system. World famous philosophers Aristotle and Plato were also against the poetry as it gives some kind of motivation to the young generation. Off course, they talked about the freewill of the human beings as the perks of motivation are not long lasting while free will has long term consequences even for a lifetime.

Here, I want to add an example from the religious perspective as well. Clerics preach the individuals to do good deeds and not to do bad deeds by telling them that the reward of good deeds is Heaven and the punishment of evil or bad deeds is hell on the day of the judgment. The followers, for a certain period of time, stop doing bad things but, after some time, they get to the same old routine. That means that the temporary change in the individuals is not out of their free will rather they are merely inspired the words of the preacher. On the other hand, some people, on their own, are very much punctual and regular in their prayers; that is because of the freewill.

Freewill actually gives us those independent thoughts back that Allah has already filled in our hearts. We just need to think accordingly instead of depending on someone else’s exaggerated stories and tales.

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