We have explored how a lack of free will renders all individuals “guilt free” in the sense that their actions cannot truly be condemned by morality. This is a very ambiguous statement and I wish to clarify what all this means.
It is helpful to think of the body as a vessel, and one’s self-awareness as the passenger. This passenger is simply watching the vessel react with other phenomena in the universe. The passenger has no volition and no control over the vessel. It simply observes.
This analogy is helpful, but it is a bad one. It is one I have used often but I must repeat myself. It is not a good analogy. The reason being that even the passenger of this vessel—analogous to the self-awareness produced by one’s body—is a part of the vessel, not just an occupant.
Your thoughts are also the result of physics beyond your volition. The analogy I have just described implies that there is a soul, or something that is separate from the natural world that is witnessing the natural world. This isn’t so. You are in a sense “witnessing” the physics of the universe, but this experience is not from outside the universe. It is from within.
From falling rocks, to neurons communicating information within the brain, all phenomena are reactions to the laws of physics. The self is a product of the universe, not the other way around (although the self is responsible for ones perceived universe). The universe is as responsible for my condition as it is responsible for your condition, and it assumes full responsibility.