Part two: To thy own self be true
Peace of mind comes from honesty. It is the dishonest who experience anxiety, anger, depression, and ultimately despair.
It is the wish and intention to deceive that is the root of all evil and leads to conflict and war. The worst war is the conflict within oneself between the false self and the authentic self. The worst dishonesty is self deception where one murders one’s own soul because they have lied so much they forget who they really are.
Where, when, and with whom can you express what you really think, how your really feel, and what you really want? Who knows, if even yourself, what really matters to you?
Knowing what really matters to you, is the source of your faith. People often say one thing for approval or to get along or to manipulate others, when deep in their hearts they know that their presentation is a deception. The problem arises when a person starts to believe their own deceptions.
Shakespeare has written “To thine own self be true.” Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Grandfather said, “Honesty is the best policy,” and Diogenes roamed the earth with his lantern looking for a honest person.
If a person is to cultivate the virtue of honesty, they must begin with themselves. Lying to oneself is the biggest impediment to happiness that exists. Lying to others is bad enough, but lying to oneself is deadly.