Forced Will

Derek Knight

“It is what we are forced to do that forms our character, not what we do of our own free will.” – Alberto Moravia

What an interesting perspective from this twentieth-century Italian novelist and journalist, but is it true?

He was quoted as saying that the most important facts in his life had been an illness that confined him to bed for 5 years and Fascism, as it was these that forced him to do things he would not otherwise have done.

I think there is a great deal to be said for this point of view, especially if we follow the opposite, and see what happens when free will is given its reign.

Sometimes, we really, honestly want something and go all out to get it. We trample on people and loose our health and well-being in pursuit of our goal, and may, with luck and a following wind…

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