You are sometimes faced with a temptation that you want to resist for you sense that if you succumb, you will be led into all kinds of regrettable situations; and yet in spite of your reluctance, you cannot help yourself: you succumb. Why? Because you have never cultivated the love of something greater and more beautiful which would counter your instincts.
If you possessed that love, it would fight for you and lead you to victory. Willpower alone is not enough in this struggle; sooner or later, it always gives in.
It is not enough to tell yourself, ‘I refuse to be dragged down; I will resist.’ In order to resist a force that is trying to drag you down, you need the help of another force, one that lifts you up to a higher world.
And this force is a high ideal.