M. Scott Peck

An Unwavering Dedication to Reality

mental health is an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs, M. Scott Peck

Here is the full quote by M. Scott Peck. For easier internet reading, I broke it into sections. You can find it in The Road Less Traveled, page 50.

Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful. We can revise our maps only when we have the discipline to overcome that pain.

To have such discipline, we must be totally dedicated to truth. That is to say we must always hold truth, as best we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.

Conversely, we must always consider our personal discomfort, relatively unimportant and, indeed, even welcome it in the service of the search for truth.

How Suffering is Used in Our Lives

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are liekly to step out of our ruts and start searching for differnt ways or true answers.  M. Scott Peck

In a fallen and sinful world, where foolishness is common, deception prevalent, diversions and distractions constant, and many of us profoundly unhappy . . . it is the suffering itself that opens us up to a greater answer than what our culture has given us. 

It is all about you. We know that doesn't work. Especially in relationships. In fact, we now know this is the very reason for our greatest unhappiness!

The Journey of Life (M. Scott Peck)

M. Scott Peck quote, the journey of life, the Road Less Traveled

The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness. M. Scott Peck


Whether it is Augustine's Confessions, Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, Dante's Divine Comedy, or Miller's Blue Like Jazz (I know the last author does not deserve the illustrious company in which I include him, but his genre and spirit are the same), this is how we must understand life.

The wisest Christians through the centuries have understood - this is the narrow way of the road that is traveled by few. Jesus told us this long before Frost and Peck borrowed his ideas and images.

Life is Difficult

Life is difficult.

With these three words, psychologist, M. Scott Peck began what would become a best selling book - The Road Less Traveled

There are fewer things, more important, then for you to have a "theology of suffering." For suffering happens. It happens to all of us. And for some of us, massive suffering happens.

If there is one thing that upsets the faith of Christians, it is when they suffer. I need to rephrase this. If there is one thing that upsets the faith of 21st century Christians living in North America - it is when they suffer.

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