There is a repeated trope that is sometimes derived from some understanding of neurology that we don’t have free will.
But it’s a twisting of facts.
We do have free will. The truth that’s being twisted is about the form free will take, because it’s often different from the way we imagine it.
We often think if free will as the ability to make a decision in the moment.
What’s true is that we often don’t make a decision in the moment but instead rely on habits we’ve built up over time when determining behavior.
But we can change our habits. The the lie or manipulation is ignoring our ability to alter our habitual reactions. It’s an inherent neuro-cognitive process of the brain that we can evaluate the outcomes of our habitual behaviors and alter them in order to secure better outcomes.
Changing habits can be hard for sure. But it’s not impossible. And it’s the best way to ensure that we are making decisions about our behavior instead of relying on our pre-existing habits unthinkingly.