Man should ever strive to develop intrinsic worth. Life becomes a song of harmony, Peace and Power, when once you have developed and expanded the Will-power. The education of the Will should be the aim of your life. The pleasure-seeker is a slave. He is ever complaining of his hard lot, of disappointment, of ill-health; he is as a bird bereft of wings, quivering its shattered pinions in its vain attempt to soar up in the sky. He is a leaning willow whose whole structure indicates weakness and dependence.
The higher forces have put their ban upon this twenty-first century fever for pleasure. Go into any large assembly of men and if you are a true judge of character you will hardly pick out five men out of five hundred with the fine, refined impressive features of Stoic, a heroic soul in an obedient body. The reason is not far to seek. Their chief object is to titillate the nerves of sensation, seeking mainly aggrandizement. They never learned the great and important law of Self denial. They are being dragged along by a force far mightier than their feeble selves. They have never said a firm No, to their impulses and selfish desires.
They are in chain and bond not liberated men. They may have picked up a little odd knowledge; they may have smarts, but they lack the Affirmative Force of Character, the vim and pith of a Positive Personality, the calm poise of controlled energy. They have never realized the intense joy of a soul that lives only to aspire after what is high and noble.
But then existence is not all a bed of roses. Shocks will come in every life and, when they do, weaklings are bowled over like so many nine-pins. Then they just sit up and talk of their aching hearts, their bleeding wounds, their sorrow laden miserable lives. Their good wishes are as so many soap-bubbles. Their resolutions are mere effervescence of a dying vitality. Their promises the mere ebullitions of emotion minus the stamina to accomplish them. They are the blind worms of fate. They are the victims of wicked-minded men. They are so many will-less, nerve-less weaklings that cannot stand firm and pursue self or soul development. These are the slaves and victims in everyday life.
Because, they are in the clutches of Ignorance. Ignorance here consists in seeking enjoyment of the senses alone. To burst the chains that hold you captive, give up, once for ever, the desire to live only for enjoyment and determine to advance the Will-Force for the free and smooth-working of the wheel of personal progress, upon which weakness is a clog and must be removed in order to ensure easy action.