Happiness/Happiness research/Happiness, The Universal Law of/Consciousness & Free Will
The agent is aware of the environment it is in, even if it does not know the LAW. It obeys the LAW and the boundary conditions. It seems that consciousness is the essence of the Universe. When a neutron is confined in a stable nucleus, it respects the "box". When it is free, it decays into proton, electron, and an electron neutrino, in an exact fashion, still obeying the governing LAW in every respect (conservations of energy, momentum, angular momentum, lepton number, etc. ). The conservation laws are the constraints the process needs to respect to be able to exist. There is no free will at this stage. It is just the LAW to obey. Considering the history of any agent, every phenomenon that follows is Lawful. It is not purposeful. In other words, consciousness or awareness is the manifestation of the LAW. The more agent deviates from the LAW, the more it fatally suffers. This fact applies microscopically as well as macroscopically. This is true in a nucleus as well as in the complex system of any community. The only way we should expect a different outcome is to intrupt the course of a process, that is, to start with a different initial condition. There is a free will to decide to change the course of a process. Here is stage that purpose can play a role. Even after we willfully and purposefully change the initial conditions, what follows must respect the LAW precisely. So the choice of initial conditions are critical.