Is there a word for this situation?
November 18, 2009 2:49 PM Subscribe
Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise?
posted by jenfullmoon to Writing & Language (27 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My friend who went to Catholic school told me there was a word for this, but she can't remember what it is, and Googling "free will" or "Catholic" or both or whatnot isn't cutting it.
I'm thinking along the lines of a person having a vocation or calling. Being called to be a priest/nun is an example, or if you're Buffy. TECHNICALLY they have free will and can choose not to become one, but for all intents and purposes, once they've been chosen, they can't really duck that destiny.
Mainly I just find it irritating that someone could claim they have free will in that sort of situation, when it seems to me like they don't REALLY have it. And it seems like there should be a word for that!