If you are one of my regular readers you may know I am taking part in a monthly Challenge over at Art and sole. It is simple you read a book, write a review, feel inspired and fabricate some art. Unfortunately I got a bit bored with my first book 'The people of the lie'. Half way through reading it I set Lottie to work. There was a lot of talk of evil in that book and we needed some art to counteract the bad feelings it brought up. Lottie painted herself as an angel armed with tools to keep evil away.
After the painting we finished the book and with little more enthusiasm we wrote our review.
The book 'The people of the lie' was written by Dr. M Scott Peck. It has laid untouched in my bookcase for many years. In the book Peck has taken examples of his caseload to describe the stories of several patients who came for help to his psychiatric practice. He found that some people were particularly resistant to any kind of help. Dr. M.Scott Peck came to think of them as evil and in the book he goes on to describe the characteristics of evil in psychological terms, proposing that it could become a psychiatric diagnosis. Looking at the book from a professional stance some of the case studies were interesting I think it's probably accurate to say that there is a continuum of evilness but Peck seems to see things in black and white and that doesn't sit with me very well. I think this is what made me feel bored with the book from the start.
I am off to read my second book.