Agency is to justice as meritocracy is to capitalism as free will is to the God of Abraham.
The artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky once defined free will as “internal forces I do not understand.” People intuitively believe in free will, not just because we have this terrible human need for agency but also because most people know next to nothing about those internal forces.
— Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave
Why do you do what you do? It’s an inquiry as intricate — and unknowable — as why something and not nothing.