Dr. Peck claims that the path to enlightenment is not easy, and the seeds of fulfillment are engagement and responsibility.The writer discussed three important lessons in this book.
Stay open to change your perspective:
According to Peck, the secret to psychological maturity is self-control. He says that emotion is a mentality that causes neuroses by refusing opportunities for suffering. The greatest problems we have are due to the smaller problems that we have not faced before. He feels we are afraid of true independence and accountability when it comes to it. Many of our unethical choices derive from unfounded reasoning. Such as the back-fire effect, survival prejudices, irrational escalation, we also encounter so-called cognitive impairments.
Peck said that we remain vulnerable to mistakes. He said that he does not worry too much, to be frank, as sometimes everything is out of our grasp. Humility is required. We really can’t change our minds sometimes, though we have a chance to understand the facts better. When you hear you’re on the wrong road, you don’t have to applaud. You are already nearer to the facts than other people if you may stop and consider the possibility of a new view.
Love is a decision:
Instead of the state, Peck says love is an alternative. All will fall into love, but not all can love. Love is a part of the childhood journey, he says. If the muscles of love were included, he said, it will help to expand our ability to channel love in the best way to live. The job of real love starts at that point, he says. One of his achievements in the area of psychology was Sigmund Freud’s theory of cathexis. It is characterized as an expenditure in an entity or an individual of emotional energy, which is often unhealthy to an extent.
Peck says that cathexis happens early in our emphasis on the love-related aspect. He recommends that we see love as motion, not as a thought, to avoid this. It doesn’t need many emotions if our love is real because it is far bigger than cathexis. Showing your affection in that way is as straightforward as paying attention to and listening to your partner. Don’t require insane feelings.
Religion is a way to look at the earth, which means that we all have just one:
Peck says our concept of faith needs to be extended. The way we see it is influenced by our education at school and home, as well as our family climate. It’s our viewpoint on life. Peck says the mindset of a scientist helps one to investigate and challenge the world around us more.
Being not supervised by the other, Peck strikes a fine balance between knowledge and faith. In addition to discipline, love, and faith, Peck describes grace as a mystical power for positive growth. Pleasant reading for someone who leans firmly on either side of the continuum of science and faith.
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