Battle Of The Will

Behaving decently involves a deliberate act of will. In ancient times becoming virtuous was encouraged by philosophers and those who achieved it in spite of themselves were lauded. Nowadays, it is those who are naturally good who are held up to be moral heroes and those who have to intellectually and deliberately decide to do good are regarded as deficient in moral fibre. This is silly. There is no achievement in being good if you are naturally good whilst there is a great achievement in being charitable towards your neighbours when you really want to strangle all of them.

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