WHY “WILLPOWER” IS TOO RELIGIOUS: The True Historical, Cultural & Sociopolitical Origins of Willpower
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“Remember, willpower is an energy-dynamic to be found in one’s body and mind, not a religious virtue to be found in one’s character. Just as time-management is played out because it stems from the Industrial Revolution, ‘willpower’ is too religious because it stems from the Victorian Age…
Free yourself from the anxiety and judgment of not having willpower as some super-human, stoic, herculean force inside you, because that’s really a fantasy and folk notion that came out of people questioning the bounds between science and religion CENTURIES ago.
Instead, start to think about willpower as ‘energy-governance,’ not virtue or some sort of internal, moral strength.”
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