Is life really simple? Is living really simple?
Or is it complicated?
Are some (many?) things in life over-determined, the result of a confluence of variables interacting–variables of which we are likely only aware of a few? Is life simple and black and white, or is there often a lot of grey area involved to be dealt with and navigated through?
And what about our fascination with quotes and soundbites — with platitudinal thinking and thought-terminating clichés? Can living happily be simplified (or dummied down) to five steps, or to the above five steps?–especially given that the first step contends that “Life is simple” and admonishes us, the reader, not to complicate it.
M. Scott Peck, author of “The Road Less Traveled,” addressed this tendency of pretending that “life is simple” in two of his follow-up books, “Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Unending Journey Towards Spiritual Growth” & “The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety” —