will

[My Big TOE Definition]

Will is awareness focused toward the achievement of a specific goal.

More generally, awareness is a component of consciousness. Awareness is aware of data. Consciousness interprets the data of which it is aware into actionable information, and then will produces achievement by implementing that action into changes of being or doing. Doing or being anything other than what you already are requires will. Implementing change (opening a door or becoming love) requires will.

Defining and achieving a goal requires both choices and change, which carries an implicit assumption of time (before, during, and after the goal was achieved or choices made – defining past, present, and future). Defining and achieving a goal also requires the ability to process data into information. This ability leads to greater knowledge and awareness – without will leading to choice and change, awareness would remain static and could not evolve into consciousness.

Will can only be implemented within a self-changing information system – a system that provides:
• data
• dynamic (time-based) processing
• memory (required to support processing)
• purpose
• feedback (awareness of how well the purpose is being accomplished)

The system’s purpose defines its most general overall goal (for instance, in the case of consciousness, decreasing system entropy). However, there are many specific sub-goals that must be dealt with by will and intent in the process of moving a system, one small step (dynamic iteration) at a time, toward satisfying its purpose.

The extent to which any one sub-goal either supports or works against the achievement of an individual’s overall goal or purpose depends on their awareness, focus and determination – that is, on their intent, which is an expression of their current quality of consciousness. For instance, a possible short-term goal of taking revenge on someone runs counter to one’s overall goal and purpose of consciousness evolution.

Will (goals), intents and choices are not made exclusively at the intellectual level. The intellectual level and the being level, within a typical individual, work together to produce goals, intents, and choices – however, either level may be dominant in directing the choice.

Most goals must be achieved through an iterative series of choices, one step at a time. The “distance” to the goal and the effect that past choices have made to that distance are information outputs. Each output becomes the input to the next iteration of processing and choice. To achieve a goal requires the evolution of an iterative process called learning.

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