Faults-Image

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. ~Mark Twain

While most believe it is desirable to present one’s best self to the world, I have always held that authenticity is more important than image. This has resulted in increasing discomfort for me over the years, working as I do (as most of us do) in a political environment. It seems that we have become a nation of image-makers, and that we have learned to value image above truth.

What has happened to the climate in which one could acknowledge (indeed, would be encouraged to acknowledge) faults, be forgiven for being human, and be allowed to model self-respecting honesty? Now we want to throw her (or him) off the island. This is hardly developmental progress!

Do you experience this tension between vulnerability and truth-telling? How do you handle it?

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5 Responses to Faults-Image

  1. Bill says:

    Do you know Lionel Trilling on sincerity and authenticity?

  2. quotesqueen says:

    I don’t, but will definitely check it out! Thanks-

  3. donna says:

    I will acknowledge my faults to those I trust not to share them with others. ;^)

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