Culture / Ideas / Life / April 17, 2012

The Value of Authenticity

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Excerpted from today’s article.

“Authenticity” was once simply a descriptive noun, but in recent years it has become a distinct value in American culture. In a reaction against the staid and stoic or the phonily polite we have begun to praise the person who wears her identity on the outside. She is free, she is expressive, she is confident, and she is “authentic” in all circumstances.

For all the increase in authenticity, though, it doesn’t seem as if people are any happier. The reason for this is because authenticity isn’t inherently pleasing. 

Read the full article HERE

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