Road Less Traveled

2434 WordsOct 8, 199910 Pages
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED DISCIPLINE 	The Discipline section of M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled first deals with life's difficulties. He makes it clear that we all have problems and pain but we have to deal with it to get by and to make life less difficult. "Life is difficult... Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."(p.15) 	The four main points of the Discipline section are delaying gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to reality and balancing. These four points are referred to as tools to solve life's problems. By using these…show more content…
A genuinely loving person, he says, will take loving action toward a person whether he or she likes them or not. Genuine love implies commitment and the exercise of wisdom. "The common tendency to confuse love with the feeling of love allows people all manner of self-deception."(p. 119) Love is the act of going the extra mile to make something work. He also calls it a form of courage. "If an act is not one of work or courage, then it is not an act of love. There are no exceptions."(p. 120) Primarily the work is the attention one gives to the one he or she loves. This attention includes "true listening." The courage comes into play because one should always fear the risk of loss, commitment, and confrontation. 	Peck says that "love is separateness." He confirms that it is important to nurture one anothers spiritual growth, but one major characteristic of genuine love is that the distinction between oneself and the other is always maintained and preserved. It is important that the two lovers maintain separate identities and individuality. He feels that it is the separateness of partners that enriches the union. "But let there be spaces in your togetherness,...Fill each others cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf..."(p.
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