On Willingness

Disposed or inclined; prepared.
2. Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant.

3. Done, given, accepted, or borne voluntarily or ungrudgingly.

4. Of or relating to exercise of the will; volitional.

The four definitions of willingness all relate it to being prepared. I find that the most important part of being willing to do anything is related to the mental aspect – even if one does not have the physical capabilities of achieving something, he (or she) will go a longer way if he (or she) is mentally prepared. If one isn’t, however, then there is nothing to achieve with any sort of physical shape that might be a precondition under other terms.

Therefore, if one objects to something subconsciously it can never be accomplished. Such is the way in which our world is run, and we can do nothing to counter it.

The question here rather lies in whether we can build willingness if it does not exist in the first place. I find that there are several likely answers for this:

  •  We cannot build willingness if it is not there in the first place. This results from a mental block towards this one thing (be it whatever, completely irrelevant what for the purposes of this discussion) which cannot be overcome lest the block be completely destroyed. However, if we destroy an aspect of our mind, do we not destroy the mind itself? Can we destroy a part of our own mind, leaving everything else intact? I’m afraid that this can’t be done, as perhaps demonstrated to us by Orwell in ‘1984’s third part (if I remember the location right).
  • It can be overcome, but only through careful application of time. The willingness is there at times, or the willingness is created over time. Yet, it is not there now — therefore, time is needed to build this willingness. To overcome the lack of willingness without time would likely result in a smaller problem than the one mentioned above, but it would still create a problem of some degree. Still, this approach will result in reducing the lack of willingness, and transforming it into willingness itself.
  • The willingness itself is indescribable, and solely depending on some arbitrary criterion which cannot be properly defined. As such, the willingness can’t be created over time, nor is it un-creatable. Willingness, by the approach that this option suggests, creates itself at the right time. This would likely be connected with a specific mood, or some similar option.

Why this question ever became relevant at this moment is connected to the fact that I had this specific mood that ‘I can write, I want to write!’ a few days ago, but I didn’t use it for anything. Now, I need to hand in an essay tomorrow (‘How Tolerance for Diversity Decreases in a Time of Need’), and I have written the introduction in some… three hours? *sigh* How feeble the plans of men… to plan something for tomorrow, and yet never know what will be the providence of tomorrow.

“Will there be fairies, or things to fear?”

Also, for anyone interested, if I have the time I might come up with a TQ-style question on the origins of the seven first letters of the blog address. Might be interesting to see who scores first (and what other options come up).

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  1. Willingness is also something that can be subtly manipulated, for in true power we need to make people willing, not simply fearful of inaction.

    1. Yes. I somehow overlooked this option though it so happens that I use it (or try to use) it myself in many an instance.

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