Love and Will

Love and Will

Love and Will

Love and Will

Excerpt

Some readers will wonder at the juxtaposition of love and will in the title of this book. I have long believed that love and will are interdependent and belong together. Both are conjunctive processes of being—a reaching out to influence others, molding, forming, creating the consciousness of the other. But this is only possible, in an inner sense, if one opens oneself at the same time to the influence of the other. And will without love becomes manipulation—of which the age just preceding the First World War is replete with examples. Love without will in our own day becomes sentimental and experimental.

I take the author's usual pride, as well as responsibility, for the ideas in this book. But in the eight years it was in process of being written a number of friends read and discussed chapters with me. I want to thank them: Jerome Bruner, Doris Cole, Robert Lifton, Gardner Murphy, Elinor Roberts, Ernest Schachtel, and the late Paul Tillich. Jessica Ryan has given the intuitive understanding combined with practical suggestions that an author always feels he requires more than gratitude.

During the long summers in New Hampshire when this book was being written I would often get up early in the morning and go out on my patio where the valley, stretching off to the mountain ranges in the north and east, was silver with predawn mist. The birds, eloquent voices in an otherwise silent world, had already begun their hallelujah chorus to welcome in the new day. The song sparrow sings with an enthusiasm which rocks him almost off his perch atop the apple tree, and the goldfinch chimes in with his obligato. The thrush in the woods is so full of song he can't contain himself. The woodpecker beats on the hollow . . .

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