This is weekend in the USA when we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contribution to our shared history. It is lovely to have a holiday in honor of a man of faith whose courageous leadership is an inspiration. I’ve been rereading Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Traveled and his chapter “Dedication to Reality” struck a chord: “The third tool of discipline or technique of dealing with the pain of problem-solving, which must continually be employed if our lives are to be healthy and our spirits are to grow, is dedication to the truth. Superficially, this should be obvious. For truth is reality. That which is false is unreal. The more clearly we see the reality of the world, the better we are to deal with the world. The less clearly we see the reality of the world–the more our minds are befuddled by falsehood, misperceptions and illusions–the less able we will be to determine correct courses of action and make wise decisions. Our view of reality is like a map with which to negotiate the terrain of life. If the map is true and accurate, we will generally know how to get there. If the map is false and inaccurate, we generally will be lost.” (p 44)
Martin Luther King, Jr. provides an example of what is possible with a commitment in the truth’s reality. King’s life was cut short and yet I can imagine that he would have been among “a relative and fortunate few (who) continue until the moment of death exploring the mystery of reality, ever enlarging and refining and redefining their understanding of the world and what is true.” I want to be one of these few too.