Something that high-school lit teachers forget is that ol' Bill Shakespeare cast Polonius as an idiot, not a sage. In fact, Plotonius was a suck-up.
“[A] platitude I want discuss comes in many flavors. It can be
variously delivered as, ‘Follow your star,’ or ‘Never compromise your
principles.’ Or, quoting Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ — who people forget was
supposed to be an idiot — ‘To thine ownself be true.’ Now this can be
very good or very bad advice. Indeed, follow your star if you want to
head north and it’s the North Star. But if you want to head north and
it’s Mars, you had better follow somebody else’s star.
“And indeed, to thine own self be true, depending upon who you think
you are. It’s a belief that seems particularly to beset modern society,
that believing deeply in something, and following that belief, is the
most important thing a person could do. Get out there and picket, or
boycott, or electioneer, or whatever. I am here to tell you that it is
much less important how committed you are, than what you are committed
to...Quoted at Cold Fury
Damn, that guy was smart!
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Another bit of similar inanity is, "As long as he or she is happy, that's all that matters."
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