“I believe … that not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand but that ultimately they are indistinguishable.”
“Bracketing [is] … giving up of self for significant learning … putting one’s self aside so as to make room for new material into the self.”
“Pain of giving up is the pain of death … but the death of old is birth of new.”
It seems to me that Peck is suggesting that in order to grow, to develop emotionally and to fully love and commitment to someone we need to let go of some parts of the self and some parts of our past. We are then open to love, open to learning and ready for the new.
Do you agree?
SCOTT PECK,M. The Road Less Traveled. New York; Simon & Schuster, 2003.