there is nothing like reading a brilliant passage in a book
and having it be just what you need.
i was looking something up for someone else and found this
and wanted to type it out just to have my fingers in it.
'the process of expansion of knowledge has been a major theme of
this book. it will be recalled that in the previous section love was
defined as an extension - that is, an expansion - of ourselves, and it was
noted that among the risk of love was the risk of moving into the
unknown of new experience. and at the end of the first section
on discipline it was also noted that the learning of something new
requires a giving up of the old self and a death of outworn knowledge.
to develop a broader vision we must be willing to forsake, to kill,
our narrower vision. in the short run it is more comfortable not
to do this - to stay where we are, to keep using the same microcosmic
map, to avoid suffering the death of cherished notions. the road of
spiritual growth, however, lies in the opposite direction. we begin by
distrusting what we already believe, by actively seeking the threatening
and unfamiliar, by deliberately challenging the validity of what we have
previously been taught and hold dear. the path to holiness lies
through questioning everything.'
m. scott peck - the road less traveled