Schopenhauer’s word will invoked no brilliant...
Schopenhauer’s word will invoked no brilliant (lucid) idea in the mind. A bar of iron when heated expands; it is through will Schopenhauer would say. Yet it is hard to conceive what we call will as applied to a bar of iron. But when I say the bar expands on account of Power all is clear (1) and will is, in a way, explained.
Suicide through self‑denial, through self‑sacrifice. Here is the secret of the hold which mankind’s heroes have on us.
(1) Had it not the power to expand it had not expanded. Thus I draw near, in my view to the philosophic principle of intelligibility.
Textos Filosóficos . Vol. I. Fernando Pessoa. (Estabelecidos e prefaciados por António de Pina Coelho.) Lisboa: Ática, 1968 (imp. 1993).- 186.