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BEING TRUE TO ONESELF
by ANNETTE HOARE, BA, MS (ORG.PSYCH), MDIV

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AD ca.126.
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ecently, I visited the original Rosetta Stone at the
British Museum. It occupies a large glass case,
roped off to stop the intrigued viewer from getting
too close. Nearby is a replica stone, reconstructed
to represent the original form of the stone. You can run
your fingers along the writing, and interact with others
who marvel at its language insights. Is the Rosetta Stone
reconstruction authentic?
If the British Museum were to present the reconstruction as the original, it would be inauthentic, and if visitors,
consciously or unconsciously, discerned the fakery, they
might leave feeling uneasy and somehow cheated.
One definition of "authentic" is "genuine,...not a fake
or forgery." We could argue that the Rosetta replica is
genuineĀ - a replica of the original, as advertised - provided
that we understand that it's a replica. Similarly, Victorian
reproduction homes are authentic replications of Victorian
houses, but they are inauthentic when they claim to be
actually Victorian. Few people would believe that a Victorian
house in a new suburban subdivision in Willowdale or
New Westminster is a genuine Victorian-era structure - it
is no more than what it claims to be.
Another definition of "authentic" is "being true to oneself." A mock Victorian building is true to itself because
it has a qualifier, just as Neogothic is not Gothic, and a
reproduction Norman Rockwell is not an original. A person
might say "I'm not myself to day" or "I don't feel right,"
which is another way of saying, "This doesn't feel like my
true self - the authentic me."
We've seen examples of this lately in the news: prominent
people accused of inauthenticity, because we sense that
they are hiding behind barriers or masks, making it difficult
for us to know who they truly are - their authentic selves.
If being true to oneself is an essential component of
authenticity, then museum displays, architecture, and
people only need to avoid misleading masks and labels
and declare their true identity. Illusion and fantasy are
acceptable as long as we are aware of them. If we are not,
we are entering a realm of delusion and a dangerous loss
of reality.
ANNETTE has a background in organizational behaviour, counselling and
spiritual direction. She is involved with the management of a family winery
above the Beamsville Bench.

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Authenticity
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2019 - Intro
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The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2019 - Authenticity
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The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2019 - Index to Advertisers
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