Website owner: James Miller
It is important to be yourself. To be natural. To follow earnestly where your convictions and values lead; to be true to them always, no matter what people may say. Only then can you really blossom. Only then can your personality have force and vigor. To repress what you really are for fear of ridicule of people, to be cowed by society and the crowd into hiding what you really are, to pretend to be worldly to escape being called Victorian and "old-fashioned" will only lead you into deep confusion and spiritual sickness. I know. From experience. There was a period in my life when I repressed what I really was and pretended to be (and tried to be) worldly. But it wasn't me. Deep down I am serious. Deep down I am a lover of honesty, goodness, righteousness and strict morality. For a period of years I was a hypocrite. I was a coward. I was afraid to stand for what I knew was right. For years I was afraid to be myself. I was afraid of being made fun of and being disliked. The voice of Satan told me that if I stood for what I knew was right I would incur the dislike of my superiors and peers on the job with the ultimate result that in the end they would find a way to get rid of me. I was cowed by society into trying to be what I wasn't, into rejecting all that I really was. I forgot the meaning of the word "earnestness" (for who can be a hypocrite and be earnest). For years I lived in fear. Oh, how deeply confused and miserable I was! One must be himself. And to be yourself you must know yourself. For years I was actually apologetic and ashamed of a stand for integrity and morality (it makes you a "square" and a "Puritan") and tried to assume the ways and attitudes of evil. Aug 1975 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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