Friday, June 09, 2006

The Many Faces of Sincerity

I meet many people who make many plans and have lots of things that want to do. For the most part they seem like they really believe that they want to do all of these things but it seems like they never get around to doing most them. Are they insincere?

My question is, what exactly is sincerity?

  • Does it mean that you believe what you are saying even though it isn't likely to come into fruition and therefore isn't actually true?
  • Or, does it mean that you do what you say you're going to do? defines it as follows:

sincere adj 1: open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship" [ant: insincere]

So this implies that sincerity means that you do not deceive anybody while being sincere.

My conclusion; when somebody says something to somebody else that they won't follow through with but believe to be the truth, they are being sincere to the second person but insincere to themselves because they are deceiving themselves.

And this, my friends is a very sad affliction that way too many people seem to be crippled by. In fact I think that pretty much everybody including myself is delusional in some way - part of being human I guess but some people are afflicted more than others to the point of being borderline disfunctional.

Sad indeed.

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