I was reminded of the famous poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’ when I happened to get a glimpse of this book and wondered what would be so special about this book for the title had already caught my attention. And here, I am just done with this wonderful book by Dr. Scott Peck.
The most distinguishing factor about this non-fiction is the mindblowing way a Psychiatrist can so beautifully weave the pages of a book such as this. This book talks about the major facets of life while diving deep into explaining them out the way he gets to perceive through his practice of Psychiatry. There are lot many instances he puts on the paper to study human behavior and derive conclusions hidden therein. Ultimately, this book will somehow make us introspect the hidden persona we all carry within and make us think the way we tend to behave under different circumstances.
The writing is very simple, to the point, keeps the reader hooked to it and makes him/her look forward to the next section ahead.
Few of the lines from the book that particularly caught my attention;
“The feeling of being valuable-“I am a valuable person”-is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.”
“Some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline, we can solve all problems.”
“Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful.”
“Love is the free exercise of choice. Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but choose to live with each other.”
“It is true that love involves a change in the self, but this is an extension of the self rather than a sacrifice of the self.”
“Genuine love is a self-replenishing activity.”
“The essence of life is change, a panoply of growth and decay.”
“The highest forms of love are inevitably totally free choices and not acts of conformity.”
“One’s feelings are the source of one’s energy; they provide the horsepower, or slave power, that makes it possible for us to accomplish the tasks of living.”
A must-read book for sure for everyone from all age-groups.