Men beget their actions like their own children. (Nic Eth.
II -5 III- 5)
– On the one hand, trying to talk your way out of your responsibility for begetting is the most obvious of pretensions. On the other hand, the impulsion and determination of nature is evident on both ends on the action in the intensity of the desire that moves to it and the actions that unfold of themselves after the part of the begetting that is in our power.
– Before committing the action, we might think anything about it; after repeating the same action for some time we come to love it whatever it is.
– Our actions are at once the same as billions upon billions that have come forth and at the same time uniquely our own.