Lynette Frantzen

writes from Nyborg, Norway.

​True to Yourself, or to God?

“To thine own self be true,” a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, means we shouldn’t lie to ourselves but instead know who we are and what we believe.

“To thine own self be true” is also engraved on Alcoholics Anonymous coins used to commemorate an individual’s successful sobriety for a specific length of time.

While there is nothing inherently harmful or wrong about this statement, it has warped from a postmodern revolt against hypocrisy into an excuse for lifestyle choices that seem to enhance our own personal happiness, which may leave a swath of destruction in its wake.

“Be true to yourself” has become a commonplace …

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