The More Difficult Path

The More Difficult Path

Again and again I have emphasized that the process of
spiritual growth is an effortful and difficult one. This is because
it is conducted against a natural resistance, against a natural
inclination to keep things the way they were, to cling to the old
maps and old ways of doing things, to take the easy path. . . . As
in the case of physical evolution, the miracle is that this
resistance is overcome. We do grow. Despite all that resists the
process, we do become better human beings. Not all of us. Not
easily. But in significant numbers humans somehow manage to improve
themselves and their cultures. There is a force that somehow pushes
us to choose the more difficult path whereby we can transcend the
mire and muck into which we are so often born. —M. Scott
Peck, The Road Less
Traveled

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