The idea isn’t to change yourself but to accept yourself. Acceptance changes everything.
Until a man clearly sees that change is necessary, he will not change. His first step is also his last step—to see himself as he is. In the seeing is the doing.
Soul cannot be summoned to manage a crisis. Soul is the crisis. Hells bells, it’s an earthquake, a precipitating principle, the reason why obtuseness and immoderacy self-destruct.
If you want to prolong something, be against it.
Can a man change his character? Yes, provided he sees himself as he is and can feel in his paper flesh the sting of a cauterizing remorse.