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WILL! That’s the title of this 113th MOLON LABE Male Defender podcast. In this one I talk about will and will power. You should think of the areas of will power that you excel at. Not just your failings. Contemplate the positive! It may surprise you–as it surprised me–that you have so many. It’s a fascinating topic of study. That’s for sure.

Excellent documentary on ESPN about East Germany and Katarina Witt. I recommend it.

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  1. two crows
    Posted May 22, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    The athiest logic you cited is juvenile,
    1. People claim to believe in God.
    2. God hates sin.
    3. People sin, therefore they really do not believe, countering premise 1.

    It is a failure in the categorization of human causation. Much sin is caused not by lack of knowledge but lack of will. Similar logic follows:

    1. People claim to value physical fitness.
    2. Exercise makes you fit.
    3. People do not exercise, therefore they really do not value physical fitness.

    The syllogism lacks one thing: “will.”

    What is omitted in both structures is appetites, desires, passions, and will. Man is beset by conflicting internal appetites. Man is moved to act based by his passion, in a path chosen by his will to satiate an appetite. Only in the perfect man is your will completely controlled, ruled fully by reason. This perfection is a far from me.

    Romans 7 is a good meditation of that conflict, of a man who knows the good but who nevertheless chooses evil.

    “What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15

    • two crows
      Posted May 22, 2017 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      I should have made the logical connection more clear. Someone can really value physical fitness but also be driven to satiate his appetite for food and physical leisure. Ultimately those drives win out. It does not mean the man does not value fitness. It means he cannot bring his will to do what needs to be done.

      Also I did not mean juvenile in a derogatory sense, but as in immature, as in such logic is common in the young. I write not an intellectual argument against him for his sake, as such an argument wouldn’t convince me at his age, but rather to give him a perspective to understand his actions and the actions of others as he experiences life. The argument I make will not change his mind that it is a bad syllogism, but rather life experiences will as he observes them.

      • Bernard Chapin
        Posted May 22, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink

        Superb comment Yazoo! thanks a ton!

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