We did not really have free will until the 21th century. We developed in a coercive, automated manner, alongside the constant heightening of egoistic drives.
Now that the human ego has culminated, an opportunity for freedom of choice arises. Now we can rise above our egoistic nature, and cease being dependent on it.
If we realize this opportunity, we will rise directly (and least painfully) to another nature, another dimension of reality, another sensation of life-in the entire volume of reality, in eternity and perfection.
Nature’s plan will be executed whether or not we choose the path of conscious transition to the upper dimension, just as it has until today. However, without our participation, it will come alongside the harsh impact of the “press of evolution” upon us.