A Student Response From:
I have trouble with the idea of self. I went to catholic school as a child and was not allowed to question the teachings of the catholic church as well as any person in a position of power. I had to accept things I didn’t believe in as truth and was not allowed to think freely. I only knew how to be the person I needed to be to survive. Even years after escaping, I struggle with my sense of self and I find myself morphing into the person I think will be accepted in the different environments I partake in. My school self is different from my work self and my work self is different from my home self. I think my truest form is who I am when I am alone, and I do not have to worry about pleasing others. I am still figuring out what I believe in as well as the things that bring me joy and make me who I am. The idea of truth is even more difficult for me to wrap my head around. Our own personal truth does not necessarily have to be true. Our minds warp our memories and can turn them into something technically untrue, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true to us. I think it is exciting to be able to question truth when I grew up in an environment that only believed in one capital T Truth.