The Vampire Codex:
Notes in Closing the Codex
by Michelle Belanger
Our culture teaches us that we cannot stand on our own. We
cannot know something just because we know it; we need authentic
degrees and certificates in order to prove our knowledge and
understanding to others. If we are to amount to anything, we need
approval. And from youth upwards, it is ingrained in us to seek
this approval -- from parents, from teachers, from friends, from
our bosses at work -- from everywhere.
Regardless of our own self-worth, regardless of how satisfied we
are with our own lives, unless these other people approve of us,
we are taught to feel worthless. Even the most independent and
rebellious among us feels a little twinge at being called "crazy"
or "freak" or told that we're deluded or sick or hopelessly lost
in a fantasy world.
It's very hard not to let this universal disapproval of our ideals
and our ways make us doubt ourselves from time to time. But it is
the doubt and the fear of disapproval that keeps so many of us
from discovering ourselves and opening ourselves up to the vast
lifetimes of knowledge we already carry within.
Before you doubt yourself any further, ask yourself -- who is the
real authority on your life? Is it someone outside of you, who has
never experienced the things you've experienced or felt the things
that you've felt? The only authority on your life is you -- so
seek approval there first. Trust those little whispers of guidance
offered by your inner Self. If you are satisfied with what it
tells you, what does it matter what anyone else has to say?
Seek Your Own Truth