SEVEN

THE WILL IN CRISIS

This is [our] true predicament: together with the fear of man we have lost the love of man, the affirmation of man, the will to man.

—Nietzsche

A friend of mine with whom I was having lunch seemed depressed. The lunch was not far along when he told me that he was preoccupied over some events of the weekend. His three children, aged twelve to twenty-three, had devoted several pithy hours to pointing out how he had been, if not responsible for, at least a prime contributor to, their problems. The upshot of their attack was that the hadn't made enough clear decisions in his relation to them, hadn't taken a firm enough stand or set a strong enough structure.

My friend, a sensitive, imaginative man who was a considerable success in his own life and work, had been brought up by strict "inner-directed" parents. But he had known that he could never raise his children on that Victorian "will-power" pattern. At the same time, he and his wife had also never been devotees of the popular overpermissiveness which filled the vacuum when Vic

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  • Love and Will *
  • Contents *
  • Foreword *
  • One - Introduction: Our Schizoid World *
  • Part I - Love *
  • Two - Paradoxes of Sex and Love *
  • Three - Eros in Conflict with Sex *
  • Four - Love and Death *
  • Five - Love and the Daimonic *
  • Six - The Daimonic in Dialogue *
  • Part II - Will *
  • Seven - The Will in Crisis *
  • Eight - Wish and Will *
  • Nine - Intentionality *
  • Ten - Intentionality in Therapy *
  • Part III - Love and Will *
  • Eleven - The Relation of Love and Will *
  • Twelve - The Meaning of Care *
  • Thirteen - Communion of Consciousness *
  • Notes *
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