. We are compelled to choose the alternative that we believe is the best option under our particular circumstances.
1. When I want to do something, I am not compelled to do that thing, since I can be compelled to do only what I do not
want to do. That is what is meant by "compel".
2. In fact I have sometime (reluctantly it is true) done what I least prefer to do. I have, for instance, visited my sick grandmother in the hospital because it was my obligation to visit her, and I hate every moment of it, as I knew I would. If you always do what you prefer to do, you are a very fortunate person. I know of no one who is a fortunate as you.
In his Confessions
, St. Augustine prays to God to help him because he so often, "Sees the better, yet does the worse". Aristotle called this "Akrasia
" which in ancient Greek meant, weakness of the will, and he spent many pages discussing it in his Ethics