A whole lotta things are geling in my mind right now, all slotting together and making sense. I spoke the other day about the myth of the "True Self" and how, indirectly, we had Plato to blame, he being the proclaimer that out there somewhere always lies the Perfect, fixed and absolute truth.
Nietzsche was the first philosopher that comprehensively attacked Plato. In his book "Beyond Good & Evil" (a set piece in BPG's studies) he started the book thus:
"What in us really wants 'truth'?
Indeed we came to a long halt at the question about the cause of this will until we came to a complete stop before a more basic question: We asked about the value of this will. Suppose we want truth: why not rather untruth, and uncertainty? even ignorance."
Nietzsche's questionining sounds preposterous on first appearance, but let me try illustrate what he is saying by a practical example that recently arrose:
Yeah, at first you think "Wow, if I got that opportunity I would have hit the Jackpot!"
But think a little further. What WOULD you ask? And if s/he answered, would it really make any difference? Would it add value to your life? Methinks not.
In fact, I'm not even sure I would want to know. Certainty almost imprisons one. As Nietzsche said "Why not rather uncertainty". With uncertainty the door is always left open. Possibility survives. When the door is closed there is an impossibility of possibility.
Interestingly, all of Nietzsche's writings have been analyzed and one of the most common words he ever used (besides the, a, it etc.) was the word "perhaps." And what is "perhaps"? Perhaps is uncertainty. It is the promise of possibility.
Phew, getting quite philosophical in here. But you know what? I'm lovin it!
WBF - please define what you mean by "being true to yourself"