Sunday, June 29, 2008

Abstract Nº85

I surely have the bad habit of posting anything once a day, instead of posting well once in a while.

Does it not seem as though the older and more confirmed the habit, the more unquestioning the act of volition, till, in the case of the oldest habits, the practice of succeeding existences has so formulated the procedure, that, on being once committed to such and such a line beyond a certain point, the subsequent course is so clear as to be open to no further doubt, to admit of no alternative, till the very power of questioning is gone, and even the consciousness of volition? And this too upon matters which, in earlier stages of a man’s existence, admitted of passionate argument and anxious deliberation whether to resolve them thus or thus, with heroic hazard and experiment, which on the losing side proved to be vice, and on the winning virtue.

Samuel Butler, "Life and habit", Chapter 3.


Moflo said...

It's just my opinion, but I think you post well every day!

runnerfrog said...

I'm happy that you like it! And it is a burst to try to do it better.

Will Doohan said...

An interesting and thought provoking quote Chris. It seems descriptive of the psychological process of addiction as well.

runnerfrog said...

Didn't notice that, it is so true!
Thanks for your comment, W.

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