according to (one's) own lights

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according to (one's) own lights

Based on one's beliefs or inclinations. You may not agree with Kara's free-spirited lifestyle, but she has always lived according to her own lights.
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according to one's own lights

according to the way one believes; according to the way one's conscience or inclinations lead one. John may have been wrong, but he did what he did according to his own lights.
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according to your lights

in accordance with your own personal standards of morality or propriety.
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Socialist-inclined persons not only see centralization as economically effective and morally just, they also tend to "distrust granting local people or communities a wide scope to organize themselves according to their own lights.
Although it may run counter to contemporary demo-enthusiasms to say so, the best thing about democracy is that, of all political structures human beings have devised for themselves, it is the only one that has shown itself able over the long term to sustain societies in which most people enjoy a liberty to live their lives according to their own lights.
Even according to their own lights, however, they have made major mistakes: Clarkson cites several cases where elites' understanding of the agreements they signed was notably deficient, compared to the understanding of other parties.
Individuals practiced poverty, according to their own lights, but collectively they all strove to contribute to the corporate wealth of the convent.
Let the myriad journalists, sociologists, ethnographers, et alia ply their respective trades, while Shahar delves deeply into the hearts and souls of men and women - both young and old - who live out their days and nights according to their own lights and their own vision, as well as their own darknesses.
The modern Court, reacting to the counter-democratic abuses of that era, has struggled to preserve for the states their constitutional power to seek justice according to their own lights.
The other is hostile to liberty as such because leaving people free to live according to their own lights undermines deference to traditional institutions.
Suppose, not implausibly, that most people prefer a less total immersion in political activity, that they assign higher priority to hiking in the woods, watching Simpsons reruns, singing in the church choir, golfing, gossiping, playing Parcheesi with their kids, making money, making love, or simply making a way in the world according to their own lights.