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  1. Corissa Yow

    I was highly disappointed to read the reference to “The Road Less Traveled” which you attributed to M. Scott Peck without mention of Robert Frost, actual author of the poem from which these lines are taken. In addition, you seem to be perpetuating the most common and gross misinterpretation of this great American poem. It seems you have not carefully read the poem or accepted the details of the poem that clearly state “the passing there / Had worn them really about the same.” The last stanza of the poem hints of regret and sarcasm when he “sighs” and states “I–I took the one less traveled and that has made all the difference”. I only wish you had done a little more research and understood 1. Who exactly you were quoting and 2. The poem is so much more than it’s last line: it is a complex examination of the games we play to justify our decisions, decisions that are mostly random and impulsive. The title of the poem is significant: “The Road Not Taken”. Perhaps it is simply not a good reference for you to be using for your presentations if this is not the message you are trying to convey. I still plan on reading your book “The Warriors Way” but I am hoping that there you will clarify this concept some and perhaps even fully attribute the great American poet Robert Frost.

    1. Arno

      Thanks for your comments Corissa. I’ll dig into the poem more to grasp the deeper meaning. a

      1. Corissa Yow

        First let me apologize for the acidic tone of the above comment, when I wrote it I must have rolled out on the wrong side of the bed or something, I do not usually get so high and mighty. I was however an English Literature major in college and am still very passionate about poetry. If you’d like to read some analysis of this poem for further insight and thoughts I would recommend http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/frost/road.htm And perhaps in the end you might find that simply clarifying that you are alluding to M. Scott Peck and not Robert Frost at all would be effective, just a thought… Thank you for your gracious response to my needlessly scathing comment, you remind me that the best way to approach most if not all challenges (including climbing) is with grace. Also, thank you for all of your writings here on you blog and elsewhere, you are an asset for sure to the climbing community.

        1. Arno

          Thanks for your comments Corissa. I think the first reaction we all have is to get defensive. I noticed that feeling in me when I read your comments, but then I reminded myself to do my best to live what I teach. So I was curious to dig into the meaning of the poem. I did that today and am surprise and shocked at my assumptions. We can all help each other learn, if we’re open to it. You helped me learn by sharing your comments. So, thank you. I’ll check the other link you suggested also. a

  2. Esperanza

    That is interesting! I’ve been searching for a post similar to this for quite a long time.

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