Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 10

CHAPTER X A WAY OF THE WILL           The Way of the Will a Slow Way.—We have already seen something of the ‘way of the Will.’ We know that the Will acts upon ideas; that ideas are presented to the mind in many ways—by books, talk, spiritual influences; that, to let ourselves be moved by a mere suggestion is an act of allowance and not … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 10

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 9

CHAPTER IX INTENTION—PURPOSE—RESOLUTION             The History of a Resolution.—A gentleman was walking on the shore of a southern watering-place with is invalid wife. His attention was attracted by a greater black-backed gull which had fallen dead on the sands; other sea things attracted him, and by and by a little promiscuous collection began to form itself. This swelled and swelled, and, as the collection … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 9

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 8

CHAPTER VIII THE EFFORT OF DECISION             We shirk Decisions.—I have attempted to show that the Will stirs at the touch of an uplifting thought. It may perhaps move in the train of vanity, greed, or the like; but, if it do so, it is a mere super-numerary; the forces of nature are so strong enough to carry their ends without an effort of … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 8

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 7

CHAPTER VII SELF-CONTROL—SELF-RESTRAINT—SELF-COMMAND—SELF-DENIAL           Moral Self-culture.—The four types of behaviour now to be considered are not attractive. An instinct, perhaps a true instinct, repels us from all substantives compounded with ‘self.’ ‘What’s the good?’ we say, when an ideal of self-culture is held up for our admiration, and the Will jibs. It is not to be moved to any constant action for self-centered ends. To … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 7

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 6

CHAPTER VI THE SCOPE OF WILL           Allowance does Duty for Choice.—We have seen that the function of the Will is to choose, not between things, persons, and courses of action, but between the ideas which these represent. Every choice, of course, implies a rejection of one or many ideas opposed to the one we choose. If we keep the will in abeyance, things and … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt II Chapter 6