The loss of will is eventually the loss of power and of life. Is America Today the France of Yesterday?, of 1936, asks Thomas Sowell. It may be, but in saying so we don't wish to give the impression that the will to power satisfactorily explains human nature or politics. Will is either psychopathic, or it is in conversation with the divine, and since humanity has so far survived itself, the latter must predominate, at least to date. Sooner or later psychopaths die away or they disturb people enough that ordinary people dredge up the will to do something about them, though often only after countless unnecessary deaths. The divine will, as humanity comes to understand it - which is not the will to power, but rather to renounce power that is not conducive to real human needs - is necessary to become human and to live in a community that can find the will to control the psychopathic. The divine will, that which we come to see is required of us, is, according to Gil Bailie and Phillip Rief, something that begins with a healthy respect for spiritual discipline:
Here we now see, with startling clarity, how little our established political distinctions between left and right, conservative and radical, revolutionary and reactionary, matter nowadays. Rather, any remaking of political distinctions will have to ask, first, whether there is in fact a discipline of inwardness, a mobilization for fresh renunciations of instinct; or whether there is only the discipline of outwardness, a mobilizing for fresh satisfactions of instinct. Such a distinction will divide contemporary men and movements more accurately; then we shall find fashionable liberals and fascists on the same side, where they really belong.