To Thine Own Self Be True

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To Thine Own Self Be True

There has been something weighing heavy on my mind and heart lately and that is the idea of being able to think for ourselves. It amazes me how institutions heavily influence people and dictate the definition of “normal” as it pertains to society. I am further amazed at how rigid the thinking and ideas of some people are and how non-accepting they are of anyone who doesn’t seem to fit the mold of what is deemed as “normal”. As a result, there are many people who are harshly judged, demeaned, and in some instances ostracized by certain institutions and/or the people affiliated with those institutions.

I would like to emphatically state that there is only one true Judge, Juror, and Executioner, and that One is God Almighty. God has created us to be who we are according to His design and purposes. Therefore, we should not be forced to live up to the expectations of an institution or people who attempt to define who we are or who we should be, and how we should be living our lives. When God created us He made each of us uniquely different. There are no two people in the world who are exactly alike. Thus, we need to put aside the ideas, beliefs, and theories of certain institutions that we may be affiliated with, and begin developing our own ideas, opinions, and beliefs, or in other words, we need to start thinking for ourselves and not allow others to dictate to us what we should be thinking or believe. We were born an original, so let us not die being a copy.

I believe that a great number of people in society are inherently miserable because they are trying their best to adhere to what society deems as “normal,” however, deep down inside they know that they do not meet the necessary criteria to consider them “normal” by society’s standards. For example, if someone is slower at learning things than others, that person is referred to as a retard, or in the realm of political correctness, someone who is mentally challenged. If someone has a mental illness, he or she is labeled as a basket or mental case. And if someone’s sexual preference is for someone of the same gender, that person is called a faggot, gay, lesbian, or homosexual. Why must we use labels to identify people who are “different” from what is considered to be the norm? I don’t believe that we were labeled as “normal” or “different” when we were born into this world, so why must we live our lives being identified by such?

I believe that it is time that we come to terms with the fact that we are individuals, and we are different in many ways. We need to be who we are and stop allowing others to tell us who we should be. God gave us a brain and He expects us to use it to think for ourselves, and not allow everyone else to do our thinking for us. The word judgment in its simplest terms means “preconceived ideas contempt to earlier investigation.” Therefore, we also need to quit judging one another and start accepting one another for who we are. Above all else, we must learn to be true to ourselves.

Karlyn Stebbins
December 22, 2014

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.