After consideration I considered that he was right and that the value in agency lies in the constraints that the consequences bring; if there were no constraints, the decision would hardly be worth making.
Consider: If you were not constrained by consequences because you could re-order them at will:
- You would suffer no disadvantage whatever decisions you made.
- There would be no need to consider decisions before making them as any error could be corrected later, and the disadvantageous consequences removed.
You would often be dissatisfied with the immediate present and never being sure what you would prefer.
You would be little more that a wish-machine in a closed environment unable to form relationships with anything external.
I consider that it is the constraints of free agency that liberate us from our ourselves.