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David Dawes

On "will-power juice" - turns out there's evidence that (just like a muscle) if you work on your will power regularly, it gets stronger (see the tail end of http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703478704574612052322122442.html). So practices like Lent (40 days of denying yourself things) will help you develop more will power. Our permissive society and its messages of immediate gratification seem almost designed to do the opposite: turn our will power muscles flabby so that we are ripe targets for advertising and manipulation.

Notice how so many of the old school prophets spent time fasting in the wilderness and being hermits? That would be a key part of developing an intense amount of will power.

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