People of The Lie:The Hope for Healing Human Evil
by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Very good so far. Here are some notable passages and quotes:
"It is a strange thing: Dozens of times I have been asked by patients or acquaintances: 'Dr. Peck, why is there evil in the world?' Yet no one ever asked me in all these years: 'Why is there good in the world?' It is as if we automatically assume that this is a naturally good world that has somehow been contaminated by evil. In terms of what we know of science, however, it is actually easier to explain evil. That things decay is quite explainable in accord with the natural laws of physics. That life should evolve into more and more complex forms is not so easily understandable. That children generally lie and cheat and steal is routinely observable. The fact that they sometimes grow up to become truly honest adults is what seems the more remarkable. Laziness is more the rule than diligence. If we seriously think about it, it probably makes more sense to assume this is a naturally evil world that has somehow been mysteriously 'contaminated' by goodness, rather than the other way around. The mystery of goodness is even greater than the mystery of evil."
"While science needs those innovators who will champion a single new model as the most advanced understanding, the patient who seeks to be understood as wholly as possible would be well advised to seek a therapist capable of approaching the mystery of the human soul from all angles. Science has not yet, however, become exaclty broad-minded."
"In the face of such holy mystery it is best we remember to walk with the kind of care that is born both of fear and love."
"The battle to heal human evil always begins at home. And self-purification will always be our greatest weapon."
They are very creative paragraphs, but I don't agree with some of those statements.
It sounds like a scientist or a philosopher trying to explain what evil is.
But the world is not evil, an evil will is evil. The world is corrupted, but Christ has renewed everything by His Blood.
Humans are created good, men are not evil by nature. Everything is very good. Every creature of God is good and nothing is to be refused if it is eaten with Faith in Jesus Christ, as the Apostle says.
It is the environment created by the evil will of evil minded men that make the world evil.
Sure death makes it evil, but Christ has defeated death.
Sin does not even exist, it is given existence when we bring the evil passions into action. Evil is like a shadow. It is like the absence of light. That is how the Fathers explained it.
Was it not Adam and Eve, our first parents the one's who tried to convince God that they were not at fault when they disobeyed a direct commandment of God?
Eve said to God to try to justify her sinfulness, ''The Serpent deceived me''
And Adam likewise, ''The woman whom YOU gave to be with me, gave me of the tree and I ate''
They wanted to blame God and other things for their own sin and disobedience.
What a miserable mistake!
That's what I learned from the Fathers, mainly St Dorotheos of Gaza - Practical Teachings on the Christian Life