This William Walker Atkison quote is very much applicable to our current time and to the Charisma School approach of the whole coronavirus situation:
“The old saying, “What can’t be cured, must be endured” is all very well as far as it goes — but it doesn’t go far enough. Far better is the revised edition of the saying which runs as follows: “What can’t be cured must be turned to advantage.”
It is this use of the Positive Will in the direction of “getting around” difficult circumstances that marks the genius in any line of human work. This was the true inner meaning of Napoleon’s celebrated, though much misunderstood saying: “Circumstances! I make circumstances!”
Make them indeed he did — but out of the materials before him — the materials of the opposing circumstances. He used the enemy’s material with which to fashion his own Circumstances. He lived on the enemy’s rations. He took the enemy’s material before him, and shaped it to his own ends.
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent, or hinder, or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gifts count for nothing. Will alone is great;
All things give way before it soon or late.
What obstacle can stay the mighty force
Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each well-born soul must win what it deserves,
Let the fools prate of luck. The fortunate
Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
Whose slightest action, or inaction
Serves the one great aim. Why, even Death itself
Stands still and waits an hour sometimes
For such a Will.”
Many obstacles may be overcome by battering them down — but he who understands only this mode of attack is but half-armed. One conception of will would glorify the militant billy goat who butts down what he can, but beats out his brains when he comes to the stone-wall.
There are other animals who show far more Will than does the goat, by recognizing the futility of the “butting-down” when applied to stone-walls, but who get on the other side of the walk by burrowing under; jumping over; going around it; or else searching until a hole or weak place is found, through which they force their way.
And, friends, every stone-wall has its apertures or weak places, if we have the will to search for them instead of lying down in despair, or else beating out our brains against the stones. Do not think for a moment that this is weakness, or surrender of Will — it is the use of Damascus Steel quality of Will.”
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