Willpower is a quality considered to be worth having in a contingent world where chance precedes every order of the world. I need so many objects in the world whether concrete or abstract like a home, love, family etc. How could I will an idea to act upon if I don’t attribute myself to an idea worth having? Unlike ascetics who deny the world any chance to make meaning out of existence, I must determine will to be or with something.
Though determinism of will hardly means attributing self to any preconceived end. I must make an unconditional commitment to the highest good before I could determine the will. Otherwise, the contingent world would fail and the existence might become difficult without setting an unconditional. Yet the material world, matter as whole demands a possibility of an end prior to determination of will. There has to be something present in the world which makes me behave morally and this ‘end’ in case of transcendence to absolute God could be the empathy with cosmos on bigger level of scale where we as an individual yield a practical reason to be thankful for the existence of cosmos in general and our love for it in particular. So before we reach a common end before I determine my will, I must consider ‘love essence’ which is the essence of ethical and fictional substance.