The Ultimate Sin: 'Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose' [Alan Watts]
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'No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.'
- Alan Watts -
In the action of will, one dominant desire is imposing itself upon other desires
When we try to break down our conditioning through the action of will, what happens? One desire becomes dominant and resists the various other desires -which means that there is always the whole problem of suppression, resistance, and so-called sublimation. Does any of this free the mind from conditioning?
I wonder if we fully understand the implication of using the will to get rid of something, or to become something. What is will? Surely will is, in itself, a way of conditioning the mind, is it not? In the action of will, one dominant desire is imposing itself upon other desires, one wish is over-riding other motives and urges. This process obviously creates inward opposition, and hence there is ever conflict. So, will cannot help us to free the mind.
- J.K. -