最近在读马斯洛的 The Farther Reaches of Human Nature。几句话摘录于下：
P7: On the whole I think it fair to say that human history
is a record of the ways in which human nature has been sold short. The highest
possibilities of human nature have practically always been underrated. Even
when “good specimens”, the saints and sages and great leaders of history, have
been available for study, the temptation too often has been to consider them
not human but supernaturally endowed.
P35: We surely love and admire all the persons who have
incarnated the true, the good, the beautiful, the just, the perfect, the
ultimately successful. And yet they also make us uneasy, anxious, confused,
perhaps a little jealous or envious, a little inferior, clumsy. They usually
make us lose our aplomb, our self-possession, and self-regard.
P42: Self-actualizing people are, without one single
exception, involved in a cause outside their own skin, in something outside of
P149: My general thesis is that many of the communication
difficulties between persons are the byproduct of communication barriers within
the person; and that communication between the person and the world, to and
fro, depends largely on their isomorphism (i.e., similarity of structure of
form); that the world can communicate to a person only that of which he is
worthy, that which he deserves or is “up to”; that to a large extent, he can
receive from the world, and give to the world, only that which he himself is.
As George Lichtenberg said of a certain book, “Such works are like mirrors; if
an ape peeps in, no apostle will look out.”
P177: Finding one’s identity is almost synonymous with
finding one’s career, revealing the altar on which one will sacrifice oneself.
P184: One of the tasks of real education is to transcend
pseudoproblems and to grapple with the serious existential problems of life.
All neurotic problems are pseudoproblems. The problems of evil and suffering,
however, are real and must be faced by everybody sooner or later. Is it
possible to reach a peak experience through suffering? We have found that the
peak experience contains two components – an emotional one of ecstasy and an
intellectual one of illumination. Both need not be present simultaneously.