Thursday, September 29, 2005
Jump down, turn around, pick a Peck of trouble
Scott Peck died and left this legacy: (via Relapsed Catholic)
By contrast, Peck himself was, by his own admission, a self-deluding, gin-sodden, chain-smoking neurotic whose life was characterised by incessant infidelity and an inability to relate to his parents or children. "I'm a prophet, not a saint," he explained in an interview earlier this year.
Peck, meanwhile, found himself drawn from Eastern mysticism to mainstream Christianity, though he remained unfaithful to his wife, maintained his drink and cigarette intake, and was liberal on issues such as euthanasia.
Latterly he suffered from impotence and Parkinson's Disease and devoted himself to Christian songwriting, at which he was not very good.
He married Lily Ho in 1959; they had three children, two of whom would not talk to their father. She left him in 2003.
I liked his book, The Road Less Travelled, but felt it missed the religious dimension it needed to succeed as advice for self-improvement. Turns out that may have been written out to make it less Christian.
In 1976, however, he received an urgent inspiration to write a book which, 20 months later, he submitted to Random House under the title The Psychology of Spiritual Growth. His editor liked the first two sections, but thought the third "too Christ-y". Simon & Schuster picked it up for $7,500 and published it as The Road Less Travelled.
It's funny how many different ways a man can keep going wrong even when he knows he's gone wrong.
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