The Roads less traveled is a book that defines the destiny of a human being. Pecks describes the book in four sections and at the start of it, he notes that life is difficult.
The four sections of the book are; Discipline, Love, Growth and Grace. Discipline is essential for emotional, spiritual and the growth of every human being. Pecks really emphasizes that in order to live a healthy life, we have to be discipline. He says that a person is supposed to do what is supposed to be done when it is needed.
However, without discipline, change can go unchecked and uncharted, growth can become problematic, and the human soul becomes susceptible to a host of difficulties. He puts forth the truth that life is a series of problems, and that life often seems difficult because the process of confronting these problems evoke in our frustration or grief or sadness, anguish or despair. Yet it is in facing these problems that we gain wisdom, strength and courage.
He states, “This tendency to avoid problems and the emotional suffering inherent in them is the primary basis of all human mental illness. ” Living requires facing difficulties and pain, which we would rather avoid, self-discipline is required. Such discipline involves, among other learning to delay gratification, to spend the time and effort necessary in order to solve the problem at hand, to accept personal responsibility as well as acknowledge the reality of the situation.
Peck tells us how self-discipline is being phased out of our increasingly undisciplined culture and how people steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the realities of their situations and thus eliminate the possibility of solving their problems. Conclusion. He concludes by arguing that human’s beings are being driven by a force, rather than our conscious will and that the perfectly actualized human, maintains a very small footprint and would devote as much time and energy as possible to doing the work of God, to being like God.