This is a very common phrase that I believe all of us have heard it many times. But when you’ve heard it did you really understand it? Let me raise my hand first and say that I did not.
It took me a long time to realize the depths of this quote and I still can’t say that I fully comprehend it. A big part of my life revolved around lies and compromises. While sometimes compromises and lies are not necessary a bad thing, there are moments when they can be very destructive.
I agree with the fact that we live in a society and we have to respect a set of social norms in order to be accepted. However, I believe that if these norms are forcing you to be a person you don’t want to, then it is time to put every aspect in balance.
The reality is that there are situations when we need to compromise or tell little lies. It can happen in various circumstances. The problem arises when you are fading away as an individual because you start living a life dictated by others. Is it worth it? To follow others and to feel that you belong to a certain group even though you do not identify with that group?
If not, why many of us do it? We give up our principles because we are afraid to stand out. Does this sounds right? To me it sounded right for many years, but lately I have been speaking up my mind and it felt so damn good. Truth set me free, it really did. Never in my life have I imagined that accepting who I am and what morals guide me can be such a big relief.
No one should enforce their beliefs in my life, nor should I. Accepting others and not judging them should be considered common sense. Just because I choose to live my life different than you do, it doesn’t mean that you have the right to scrutinize my actions.
As long as you don’t harm others and you respect the law I believe that you are entitled to live life accordingly to your morals and to be honest. Telling the truth will set you free as you will slowly take down all the layers, where your inner self is buried.
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” ― John Milton,