F@%k It Friday: Authenticity


Since it’s Friday, I want to talk about the word authenticity. There was a discussion on RBC that I missed, so I would like to hear what you think. I want to know —

  • What does it mean to be an authentic human being?
  • Can you have multiple facets of your personality and still be a genuine & trustworthy person?
  • How does authenticity relate to consistency?
  • Do you have to be totally transparent in order to be considered authentic?

Many of us spend the first half of our lives in an attempt to cultivate a point-of-view and specific preferences only to realize that we need to be in therapy because we really don’t know much about ourselves. Think about all those crazy goth kids who wear oppressively insane clothes in the summertime. They believe they are authentic, but you might feel otherwise. Is authenticity an either/or proposition?

I think being authentic means being well-intentioned and sincere, but even the most authentic person exists in a state of dissonance. No one is perfect. Everyone is flawed. We all wear masks.

What do you think about the concept of authenticity? Are you authentic? Does it matter? Would you rather talk about Michael Jackson’s upcoming funeral arrangements? [I would!]

I’d love to hear what you have to say about this topic.

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