. . .to thine own self be true,

It’s very hot here today.  Too hot for me. Feels like 35C or 91.4F. I made a joke recently to a friend that if this weather was any indication of Hell then I wasn’t going!!!  if God doesn’t have a sense of humour then we’re all in really big trouble.  To that end I have not written a new post for today.  I’m afraid this heat seriously affects my MS and I really have no strength.  So I’m reposting something from February 2013.  I hope you enjoy it.

“. . .to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Hamlet Act I scene 3

William Shakespeare

Well you must admit that words written more than 400 years ago and still relevant today must be pretty incredible words!

 

I for one admire William Shakespeare and his works.  As he so aptly demonstrates it’s the human condition that we all agonize over.  And being yourself is perhaps the hardest lesson we try to teach our children.  With the cacophony of advertisements that try to steer us in one direction or another is it any wonder we’re all screwed up?

 

Who was it that said you can never be too thin or too rich?  Well if you’re too thin you die and if you’re too rich, ummmm, I’m thinking.  Okay I got it!  If you are too rich then you become insulated from the human condition.  Okay maybe not.  I’m not too thin and I’m not too rich.  What I am is too damn tired of Hollywood and its environs telling us how to look, how to act, how to live.  They’re trying to mold us into perfect little automatons.

In order to be yourself you often have to disregard the advertisements that tell you what shampoos to use and how your makeup is to be applied, how to dress. If we can be true to ourselves and honour the person we actually are and not the image that society wants us to project then I believe we have a chance. We need to raise children to be forward thinkers and not backward thinking sheep.

I don’t have any children so why am I so concerned about other people’s offspring?  Simply put other people’s kids are our future.  If I love this world then I should want it to continue.  The only way that will happen is if we have people at the forefront who care.

I was raised by parents who loved me.  They never taught me to hate.  They did teach me to care.  And I do care.  I care about the atrocities I see happening in other parts of the world.  I care about the horrible greed that exists around so many of our politicians.  I see hate, I see rage, I see iniquities, I see despair and I see fear.  What I also see is love, understanding and compassion.

We can give up or give in and wallow in our own self-pity, or we can look forward with anticipation and with optimism.  We need to believe in ourselves and in each other.  It only takes one step at a time to keep moving forward.

20 thoughts on “. . .to thine own self be true,

  1. Murphy's Law

    Temperature extremes can be a real challenge and can make it near impossible to function. Sure hope some cooler weather visits your area soon.

    Just like Shakespeare’s words from so long ago, your post from 2013 fits right into 2019 perfectly. But how sad is it that those same observations still hold true 6 years later? Guess we all need to knuckle down and try harder to get along, and not just go along.

    🌬 🌬 Sending you some cool breezes to make you more comfortable.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  2. Donna Florack

    I am not a fan of the heat either, and I never have been. I’d rather have snow. I try to do as little as possible, and I stay where it’s air conditioned. I hope you feel better (and cooler) soon, Pam.

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  3. delphini510

    You have given a very strong post in spite of being overheated and hoping your comment will find God with a good sense of humour. 😊 .
    How true that there are some fundamental truths that are right at any era – for all mankind.

    Here we also have had two days of similar heat to you so I am now having a snack lunch in the shade instead of in the sun. That says a lot for a Northener.

    miriam

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  4. Dan Antion

    I think things have gotten worse, not better since 2013, Pam. It’s sad. There are more people telling us what to do, how to look, where to go, what to eat, the list is endless. I worry that we might be teaching kids not to be true to themselves.

    I hope the heat breaks and you get done relief.

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