I have taken a cursory glance at everyones responses here, so i appologise if i repeat anything or contest something that is already contested, but i should like to do so in my own way if at all possible.
The very notion of giving up ones free will to be happy is in and of itself an oxymoron. If i have the choice to give up free will, but do not take that choice and chose to keep it, does that mean that it was always going to be that way? And if i do choose to give it up, was that always inevitable? If its a choice to give away free will then that means that even should you choose to give it up, you still have free will.
Unless of cource you believe in something like Fate and destiny which are nothing more than words we use to do what is expected of uis, or things that we knew were going to happen. Or for events happening that are momentus. Like it was destined that a person gets married to the love of their life, like its destiny to break a leg because of a fall, or simply, it was destiny to simply take another breath like you have done for litterally every moment in your life.
The only other destiny there is is the destiny of a god, and or some great plan.
Because, genetic memory, while a thing that exists, does not predetermin what is happening in our environments, and as such no destiny can be derived from genetics.
For example… humans have evolved so that we have deveoped an Appendix. Which is now a vastigial organ. It is essentially useless, and leads to people almost dying very often. It exists because of Genetics. But it has no bearing on what happens in our life or the choices we make. Sure, if and when it descides to expload, giving you endemitriosis and spesis, you will deffinatly descide to go to the docs and get fixed up… but that does not determin every aspect of your life there after.
Much in the same way that our grant parents, and great grant parents and so on worked mostly terrible jobs, mining, manufactoring, and the like… they passed on genetic memory of that, but many of us today do not find ourselvs in simmilar jobs.
So ruling out genetics having a baring on my future, lets jump back to gods and destiny. I think i personally rule out destiny as the future isnt something that can be realistically known for certain, we can only forcast, and hope we are right… but the fact of the matter is litterally anything could happen, and we could be killed in a momnet, or we could live to old age… but we cannot know for certain what the future is.
And Gods, im going going to disparage anyones religion here, but i will say that i do not believe in any gods, and as such they have no hold over me, and i’ve no reason to surrender myself to a higher power that in my opinion does not exists.
Happiness however… its not something one realises you have in the moment. Its an afterthought much of the time. We go through life and sometimes we just exist, in the moment. that is not surrender, its just being. It also happens that something good is usually happening at the same time… but good is a subjective statememnt, one persons happiness can be derived from one thing, and nothers misery from that same thing.
Therfore, happiness depends greatly on your perception. And as such, it is things like attatchment and the inability to let go of negativity that can indeed cause pain and suffering, much in the same way, that if we do not remove a splinter it will continue to pain us, and much of the time it will get worse, until it is removed.
But one can also be happy in siffering too. One can recognise that they have had a shit hand to paly the game of life with and still enjoy it. Enjoy their circumstances and what they have and choose to do that. That isnt giving up free will, that is using it to better control your mood and mental health.
And for those that think that my way of thinking is cold and unmeaningless… i dissagree for one simple thing… Real memory.
Our life can be measured not by how much we own, or how much we know, but what and who we are. The more real friends you have, and the betteryou treat your family, and if you were kind and if you talked and interacted with people, and do things… that is when you can say that you have made ripples in time.
You will change the life of every person you meet. leaving a small trace of who you are on them. A single conversation can change a person who perspective of life. And if you have children, you can pass on what you know to them, and so on down the family line, and you continue to exist, if not in name, but in the memeory and indeed who your family then become as people. It could be something as silly as the way you fold a piece of paper, to the way you scratch your head, or tie a shoe.
But it could also be that you help save a persons life, not quite in the litteral sense, but help them become who they wanted to be, and from them, and their prosperity you canlook back and say, “yes i helped him, and he has come so far.” and know that perhaps he will pass on the same kind of help that you gave to him. That is what meaning is for me. being able to pass on parts of myself to the different people of the world and indeed my communities… which is sort of ironic considering the fact that I’m basically a social recluse.
Anyways, this is my response. Thanks for the topic of conversation, i like to dabble in philosophy like this.