Balzac, Honoré de - Louis Lambert - 02 Will
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Louis Lambert by Honore De Balzac
II The brain is the alembic to which the Animal conveys what each of its organizations, in proportion to the strength of that vessel, can absorb of that Substance, which returns it transformed into Will.
The Will is a fluid inherent in every creature endowed with motion. Hence the innumerable forms assumed by the Animal, the results of its combinations with that Substance. The Animal's instincts are the product of the coercion of the environment in which it develops. Hence its variety.
III In Man the Will becomes a power peculiar to him, and exceeding in intensity that of any other species.
IV By constant assimilation, the Will depends on the Substance it meets with again and again in all its transmutations, pervading them by Thought, which is a product peculiar to the human Will, in combination with the modifications of that Substance.
V The innumerable forms assumed by Thought are the result of the greater or less perfection of the human mechanism.