Thursday, September 04, 2008

Splash du Jour: Thursday

Lately, I find myself thinking about M. Scott Peck, one of my favorite thinkers of all time.
He had a way of inventing neat, pithy ways of defining things... for instance, mental health is "an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs."
Contemplation is "a lifestyle dedicated to maximum awareness."
Salvation is "an ongoing process of becoming increasingly conscious."
Of money, he said that "enough of it is not enough, at least not when we are chasing after the illusion of total security."
He said that "death is probably the most important fact of life," and that "a grateful heart is one of the prerequisites for being a genuine Christian."
He suggested that "laziness" might be the essence of what we call original sin. (Laziness not as physical lethargy, but mental, emotional and spiritual inertia).
Peck said that "courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity to go ahead in the very direction of which you are afraid."
I particular “love” Peck's definition of love, which is "the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."
It is still the best definition of love I have ever heard.

Have a great Thursday!


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