Determinism is the view that there is no free choice, that all of man’s acts, his thinking, even, are determined. This view holds that men are mere robots and that there is no such thing as self-responsibility. The man who holds this view abdicates responsibility for achieving his own happiness. Properly speaking, it can’t be said that he “holds” a view. Words and concepts can have no meaning for him. He has put himself outside the human race. He is just an animal.
What does determinism do for the determinist? Since the determinist can have no values, no right or wrong choices, he places himself outside of morality and, while alleging to be scientific, is a pure subjectivist. Are there any happy determinists? No. Self-deceit and self-denial do not lead top happiness. A determinist is necessarily a miserable creature.
To determine means to settle or decide by choice of alternatives or possibilities. Determinism is the doctrine that choices are determined without choice. Determinism is a self-contradiction. Is there anything to gin by arguing with a determinist? Of course not. It is better to aver, “I choose not to argue with robots, since a robot has nothing meaningful to say.”