Free Will, bear some similarities to modern theories that quantum mechanicalindeterminacy can be equated with Free Will.
Both schools believed in Man’s capacityfor an independent will, however, their definitions of what constitutes Free Will aredifferent.The Stoic assumption that the universe is a determined system leads into theStoic ethical philosophy: it makes no sense to anguish when something tragic befalls you,as there was nothing you could have done. Men are born with the facilities to endure: Haven’t you received faculties that enable you to bear whatever happens? Have you not got magnanimity? Courage?  Have you notreceived the power of endurance? Any why should I care any longer aboutwhatever happens if I haven magnanimity? (Epictetus 14)Thus the best life is one where contentedness is achieved not through the actualization of events, but by correctly ordering one’s preferences based on a system of “natural preferences”—those things which in general we desire—health, wealth, etc. To the Stoic,these things are not truly Good things, as they are not Good in every circumstance (wecan easily imagine situations where money does not equate happiness). Thus the onlytruly Good thing is virtue produced by happiness. Maximizing this virtue without relianceon events out of one’s control is the ultimate life-goal.For example, supposed the Stoic Sage lives on a tropical island prone tohurricanes, and after a storm warning one cloudy day he has the choice between 1)fortifying his house against the possible storm and 2) drinking all night. The sage chooseto prepare, and yet the storm comes the next day and destroys his house and kills hisfamily anyways. But the Stoic sage accepts this. Epictetus writes “ Come then, now
Nick Herbert explores this idea thoroughly in his book