In every serious discussion of spiritual matters there arises from time to time the question of whether man is capable of reaching any goal whatsoever except through protracted inner conflict.
This is not just a theoretical question.
In fact, everyone whose life is oriented toward goals beyond his present reality, goals that are not simply the direct and natural outcome of his present way of life, is already involved in such a conflict.
Is there no alternative?
For most of us, the answer is no.
There does not appear to be any magical way, without deception, to resolve, conclude, and thus dispense with the inner struggle.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz