“Another painful burden that comes with increased consciousness and competence is the loneliness of transcending traditional culture. Throughout the ages, only a few among millions – a Socrates, Jesus – have have obviously risen above the rigid culture and simplistic thinking of their times. Now as a result of mass communications, psychotherapy, and grace, I would estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of adults in our country who are on this cutting edge.
These individuals think well enough to challenge conventional and irrational thinking. They question blind national and tribal loyalties – and the limitations imposed by their culture – in order to grow. They no longer believe everything they read in the newspapers. They seek truth and challenge the illusions about “normalcy” as promoted by society and the mass media. They show the courage to no longer be sucked into the simplistic thinking around them. They have redefined “family” to include not only blood relatives but the meaningful relations they establish with others who share common interests and a common – and growth oriented – approach to life.”
M. Scott Peck, M.D., in “The Road Less Traveled & Beyond”
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