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What is WILL POWER?

Pi will use his will power in so many various ways throughout the book. In chapters 10-36, he is asserting his will power to become a mentee in all 3 religions: Hindu, Catholicism, and Muslim faith. As Nietzsche describes will power below, he says that will power is a "creative spark, a certain independence and stubborness"; Pi is independent by making choices as a middle school student to study 3 religions unbeknownst to any family members, or others within each religion. No one has told him to seek other mentors, study other religions, and yet he does and with such fervor. You will test your will power in our competition today.

Will as internal drive

Further information: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, and Intrinsic motivation
"Nietzsche defines will similarly to the "any internally motivated action" usage, but more narrowly. In this sense, will is more a "creative spark," a certain independence and stubbornness. A person who chooses not to steal because the Ten Commandments said so would not be exercising their will; neither would someone buying some music because their friends recommended it. Someone who independently forms their own moral system or who composes a musical composition pleasing to themself, however, would be exercising will." (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_power ) Mrs.Davis

Nietzsche's will power concept has often be misconstrued as a desire for utmost power gained by one's will. This is what Hitler based his philosophies on. "Nietzsche perhaps developed the will to power concept furthest with regard to living organisms, and it is there that the concept is perhaps more inviting to understand by way of analogy. There the will to power is taken as an animal's most fundamental instinct or drive, even more fundamental than the act of self-preservation" (Wikipedia "Will Power").

"The Greeks had a word for students who displayed [a lack in will power]. They called it akrasia, which essentially means the weakness of will or the wasting of time. In fact, Akrasia was called the Goddess of Distraction. The Greeks believed that it occurred when someone consciously make a choice that was considered wrong by society. Thus akraisa is the bases for the English word, crazy." (http://www.ednews.org/articles/7703/1/Improving-Students-Will-Power-The-Greeks-had-a-Name-for-it/Page1.html)