Thoreau suggests that choosing to live from principle divides the self. When we discipline the self in the pursuit of higher purpose, we reenergize and revolutionize the self. This process is exhilarating because it makes us aware of the profound power we each hold. On the other hand, when we know that we should be walking a higher road and we do not, we bow to the diabolical that also lurks within. We become flat, dull and without enthusiasm, we lose our attractive power and we become easy prey for those who would dominate or manipulate us.