The motives behind will power

   The development of one’s will power is a very important part of human education. Will power is activated in order to achieve established objectives, which can be of various kinds. Thus, it is important to distinguish the different motives that exist behind will power.

   There is a physical motive when a person is capable of dieting to lose weight or routinely practicing a sport with the goal of improving their physique.

   In other occasions, such as under the influence of a disease, the human being is subjected to costly deprivations in order to recover and gain back physical health.

   It takes a psychological motive to overcome inferiority complexes, or superficial susceptibility, or even emotional instability. When these aspects are recovered, the individual is able to reach a very positive state of serenity.

   In other cases, motives are social, such as the effort to acquire the necessary abilities that facilitate communication with other people or overcoming shyness and being able to express one’s self in public.

   Moreover, the motive of being “cult” is important, because it is this cultural element that allows a person to have more freedom and more criteria. Being cult is the key that allows someone to interpret human life in a more correct manner. A human being develops through the process of being self conscious, as well as conscious of the surrounding world.

   Today, however, to many people culture is what they receive through the television, which has a deficient quality. Trash television is characterized by pornography, easy sex, absurd contests, and the morbid resort to reality shows. With this mediocrity, a person is intellectually left defenseless and becomes an easy prey for manipulation by demagogic directors.

   Educating will power at a cultural level requires stimulating one’s curiosity towards literature, art, music, etc., which are the values that humans have developed throughout history: the philosophical thoughts of the Greeks; law of the Romans; the love for the traditions of the Hebrews; and the new human concept that provided humanity with Christianity, which is based both on love (as affection which seeks the spirit and the genuine good) and the sense of transcendence.

   There is also a spiritual motive that seeks natural and supernatural values. When these motives are missing in a person, that person becomes very superficial only looking for pleasure, success, a good time, and infinite permissiveness. This path only leads to the saturation of contradictions that end up manifesting into personal emptiness. With these values, we get closer to happiness, i.e. the one that everybody hopes to reach through love, hard work, and culture (Translated by Gianna Sanchez Moretti).

   Arturo Ramo

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