It is better to be silent and be real than to talk and not be real. –Ignatius
Our greatest aspiration, and our deepest fear: authenticity.
To be truly authentic means to bare ones self before all who observe you; to strip yourself of your self-awareness and simply live inside the “thing” you do. It’s a burial of the ego and an incarnation of the “thing”. Archimedes, Galileo, Socrates, Gillespie, Columbus, Churchill, Augustine, Ingnatius, Lao Tzu, Ghandi, Wilberforce, Mandela; all of them provocative, controversial figures who, despite all the pressure against them in their own time and in spite of the prejudice we see them through today, still remained true to the idea – the spark within them that moulded every part of who they were and without which they would lose all meaning and purpose.
To be authentic is to not be aware of your authenticity. “Creating authenticity” is a paradox. The moment you realize you’re being authentic, you’ve lost it. Authentics like Lao Tzu weren’t trying to be authentic, they were simply searching for truth and beauty and meaning; their authenticity existed outside of themselves.
True authentics are the ones who are selfless. The ones who believe, against all odds and pressures and prejudice. The ones who go against the flow and put their faith in something bigger than themselves.
Be authentic, friends.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. –Kierkegaard
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