Being Ourselves

When home discipline became too much for a little six-year-old friend of mine, he decided to run away. He went slowly down the long road, turned, and, rushing back at full speed, announced: "I think I'll stay. It's sort of cozy round here."

In today's chaotic, problem-ridden world, not only the child but the scholar, housewife, and business executive all have moments when they openly rebel against discipline and long to break from the rules and regulations that seem restrictive. Perhaps they long to leave home or change their job or even their country. Over and over again the phrase is repeated, "I need to go somewhere where I can be myself." But where is our true self? Do we really expect to find it by running away from our present environment, turning our backs on people we dislike, or trying to avoid the codes of behavior that govern society?

A Talk with Father
November 23, 1968

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