438 Pages

flesh, it is no longer

The will only controls a few movements of a few muscles, and these movements are associated with the representation of the change of position of nearby objects. I can will to place my hand flat on the table. If inner purity, or inspiration, or truthfulness of thought were necessarily associated with attitudes of this kind, they might form the object of will. As such is not the case, all we can do is to beg for them. To beg for them is to believe that we have a Father in heaven. Or should we cease to desire them? What could be worse than that? Inward supplication is the only reasonable way, for it avoids stiffening muscles which have nothing to do with the matter. What could be more stupid than to tighten up our muscles and set our jaws about virtue, or poetry, or the solution of a problem? Attention is something very different.