(Adlai describes the fall)
Like many other wheels I created infrastructure, but unlike many of my peers the infrastructure I shaped often drew breath. I wasn’t deployed to simply hammer the bones of our master into unassuming places. I was used to steer discourse and to generate, in the minds of these simple apes, a need for ITS design. What better way to hide or reinforce ITS body, and will, than convincing the simian hordes of their own infallible agency? After all, the common narrative already presupposes that things come to pass through the choices of autonomous individuals. A view which conveniently ignores deeply unequal power arrangements and structural apparatuses which assist in the channeling of autonomous individuals into predictable outcomes. Free will within this context, as in many others, is illusory and it is only a matter of adjusting the right gears to produce specific results. It’s likely for this reason I came to understand some of the underlying principles of free will, even if its entirety still evades me, the most important of these being that free will is an action; it’s impossible to have agency if the underlying reasons for your thoughts and actions aren’t interrogated, by at least your own mind, and its this realization that ultimately led to my fall.
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