"I am certainly without possessions, but of my own free will, so I am not in need"

Free will is individual choice, an intrinsic motivation to select one option out of random possibilities, and the adherence to that choice. Greek thinkers classify human nature into three parts: reason, will, and appetite. Reason is both theoretical and practical. Will can be that pushes away (anger) and that which pulls toward (desire). “Free will" is defined as a "rational appetite." When a person uses theoretical reason to discern what is fulfilling, and then acts according to practical reason, he has a free will, or a will capable of overriding and reorganizing the appetite.

In 1884, William James described a two-stage model of free will where the mind develops random alternative possibilities for action, and then the determined will selects one option. Thinkers lije Henri Poincaré, Arthur Holly Compton, Karl Popper, Henry Margenau, Daniel Dennett, Robert Kane, Alfred Mele, and Martin Heisenberg expanded this two-stage model, to reconcile the concept of free will with the existence of chance or fate.

Non-possession is an ideology that holds neither any individual nor any material thing is in possession of anything or anyone. Satyagraha, is a philosophical system based on the concept of non-possession and put into practice as part of his nonviolent resistance by Mahatma Gandhi.