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Manufactured Sincerity Is An Oxymoron - Grasshopper

Unless you're an actor, manufactured emotions just reveal shallowness.

If you ever have faked an emotion, you have divorced yourself from your depth. Here's the big secret: everyone, at some level, knows you are faking it.


People are going to have different reactions to any given stimulus. If you offer an emotion other than the one you're feeling, you have ceded your genuineness. It reminds me of the Mark Twain observation: "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."


Some people think they have to behave differently with different people. That's a precursor to faking emotions. That doesn't mean you can't be flexible in your communications, it just means that if you're "blowing smoke," you're going to choke, on your own insincerity.


If what you're about to offer is manufactured, consider not offering anything. If your genuine answer will cause more harm than good, zip it! Not everyone has to be regaled with your opinion.


Here's my take: It's in all of our best interests to outgrow fake.


All the best,


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