is Stronger Than Your Will Power?
Do you know companionship is stronger than will power? It's true,
isn't it? Have you observed how often close friends persuade you to do what their group
wants? Even if you have other plans or even if you don't approve of what they're trying to
do, they will generally win. If they tend to lose your willing response a few times, they
may kick you out of their close fellowship.
People have a deep need to belong. We want to feel the approval and appreciation of
other people. Many of our satisfactions come from knowing that other people think well of
us. Generally our individual resolve melts before the will of our close friends.
How many young men in jail have been motivated by their friends to commit those crimes
for which they now are removed from society? On the other hand, groups of successful
people often inspire one another. Due to some exciting synergy a group of business friends
can together accomplish far more than the sum of their individual efforts. Successful
people tend to influence one another to greater success. Failures spread frustration and
discontent liberally. And, often, gangs of young men tempt one another, egg one another
on, into violence or drug addiction. For good or ill, companionship
is usually stronger than will power.
People are often valued or looked down upon based on...