And which leads me to wonder and question free will.
Free will can only be considered and defined as a noun in the future tense.
That is a question.
Inferring, then, that free will, the same free will that is enlivened as an object by its considered potential, is conversely desiccated of life and applicability when considered in the past tense.
Free will, from the perspective of a backwards temporal glance, vanishes, disappears from all dimensional reality and re-assembles, more accurately, as history when viewed from the future.
Free will is constructed of particulates that hover unborn in the construct of that which we call the “future.” Free will lives in such a potential state only.
Looking back at concluded events, free will ceases to be. Free will, from that future-looking-back perspective, not only ceases to exist, it ceases absolutely to have ever existed, for the arrow of time, once run through, and across the stage of our existential modality, obviates the elemental concept of free will, for free will can only exist in an unformed state.
When peering back in time, all incidents of free will are mere happenstance. Occurrences that, thus surmounting their unformed potential state to become reality, assume the reformed metamorphosis into reality, thus, history.