If everything happened for a reason ONLY , than there is no free will, if everything happened for NO reason than there is no free will. Therefore the end result would be, things happen for a reason AND for no reason which end up being resulted in "Free Will". Its like day and night / light and darkness, one cannot exist without the other.
I think (from the striked through paragraph I made) I was trying to say Randomness itself is a result of free will, otherwise if nothing random occurred in real life, than it would be plain, boring and predictable, therefore no free will.
Edit : Either I am right or I just confused myself XD
Bolded: That's a pretty funny equation. (no offense ;)
Underlined: Think about this: When the big bang occured, there was not a single life-form. No decisions could be made, thus either randomness or determined patterns made materials move and finally shape planets and eventually life. If the free will is what shapes randomness (which I really, really don't believe) then you just proved that there is a god. I'd say that it's the other way around though, and that randomness/determined events is what shapes the free will.
No offense taken, it was just an opinion, I have no way of proving or disapproving what I said. Its just what I personally believe.
Well as a matter fact....I didnt think of it that way, but yes I do believe in a higher being = a.k.a. God
But seriously, I believe it goes both ways, for you to make a decision, it had to be because of a certain event, that event in itself was a result of someone or something's decision (free will decision), an earthquake for an example doesnt just happen for a particular reason, it can occur by some random chance or it can occur because of a reason such as Underwater volcanoes etc.
Everything can be explained, but only if you grasp the knowledge or the means of understanding what happened.
Even if things were pre-determined by a higher being to occur such as a Earthquake (for an example), dont you think you in the end have the say/free will to decide on what action should you do, and in that would end up as a result of whether what decision you make could either make you a survivor or a victim? (I probably worded this wrong, hope you understood what I meant XD).