Epictetus Epictetus “Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our actions. The things in our control are by […]Some things are in our control … others are not.
We hear a lot these words. Commonly known as mental strength, a strong will is acting with intentions towards a goal by overpassing inner and outer limits.
Most of the time, inner limits are the real limits whose determination distinguishes a “strong” will from a “weak” one (only if the word “weak” can be an adjective of the will). In other words, it takes decision, discipline and consistency to have a strong will.
But is it really all the work of a free will? Or is it the action of a certain type of will? Maybe is it something deeper?
Perhaps, a “weak” will is a choice of a free will to be irresponsible.