6 thoughts on “A Late Night Thought on Being True to Yourself

  1. Lol, why a lawbreaker? 🙂 I think that I am a pretty authentic person, almost to the degree that it kind of creeps people out. It’s not like I try to be, though, I think a lot of it came from how my parent’s raised me.

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  2. @ Brian: LOL! I think it’s often enough true that societies are not always perfectly compatible with individual authenticity — with our being true to ourselves.

    @ Sunnyskeptic: I agree that how we’re raised can have a huge influence on how well we manage to be true to ourselves. Welcome to the blog!

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  3. Seems like perfection. But, as you said, “societies are ‘not always’ perfectly compatible with individual authenticity.” I would say: ‘almost never’. That seems to be a problem. How can we live outside a society? Taken to the extreme, it would make everyone a revolutionary.

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  4. @ Man of Roma: Yes! I’m almost talking about an ideal authenticity in that post. That ideal might not be obtainable for someone who is not a hermit, but I think it is still a good description of what it really means to be perfectly true to oneself. Please note, though, that I use the word “harmony” — so far as I can see, our feelings, thoughts, words, and actions don’t necessarily need to be precisely the same, but instead be in harmony. That’s a slightly less “perfect” standard. i.e. a bit more flexible than requiring them to be “identical”.

    Obviously, if you want to live in society, rather than apart from it, you must make wise compromises with the rights and needs of others. But who said being true to yourself was easy?

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