Let's return to the perennial question of free will...
Maybe the answer is we're compelled to serve the will to be free.
If serving is predetermined, where's the room for being self-determined?
The idea is that a fully conditioned mind is a prerequisite for real freedom.
Sounds very contradictory, even unlikely.
Right, but consider a sliding scale that at some points has some wiggle room for choices.
But choices from among a limited number of already predetermined alternatives?
Could be, but even that can count. And let's remember that rays of grace and mercy can seep through at times.
So some choices could contribute to less jail time for good behavior.
Less entrapment in ego-mind's folds.