“You do you.” In other words, doing what is right in your own eyes. Some of the worst advice in history. Here’s why… The entire premise of “you do you” is that we know what we’re doing. That what we want is what is best for us and those around us. Sorry, but I know a lot of you, and you’re a mess. So am I. If “I do me,” I’m just going to make the mess deeper and deeper, and hurt those around me in ever increasing amounts…
“You do you” is built on personal comfort and self-centeredness at an almost psychotic level. It’s a product of the most narcissistic world culture that has ever existed. So – what do we do?
First off, admit the truth. Not “your truth.” Not “my truth.” THE truth. Danny Anderson nailed it: “There aren’t 7 ½ billion truths out there.” Acknowledge that you actually don’t know what’s best much of the time, and that many of the things that you want and do are, in fact, bad. Acknowledge that you are not the source of truth, and stop trying to redefine the word. Then look for ACTUAL truth. Here’s a good place to start:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23