Authenticity refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions. (Wikipedia)
Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief (The Free Dictionary)
1. Worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact (eg. Paints an authentic picture of our society)
2. Made or done the same way as an original (eg. Authentic Mexican fare)
3. Not false or imitation: real, actual (eg. an authentic cockney accent)
4. True to one’s own personality, spirit, or character
Similar words: genuineness, legitimacy, validity, reality, truth, truthfulness
Opposite: Synthetic, inauthentic, fake or fraudulent
I would rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie!
Can I ask you all for your serious consideration of some questions which concerns me greatly?
Is authenticity always better than fakery?
Is faith in a lie always a damnable false hope?
Is it always a good thing to discover the truth?
Is one ever too old to learn the truth?
What are the factors you would consider in sharing the truth with others?
Is it ever fair or reasonable to withhold truth from others?
Is it ever kinder to lie or tell the truth?
Is authenticity always a better foundation for living one’s life?
Is objective reality a more useful basis for making decisions?
Does truth always optimise human wellbeing?
Are there ever circumstances when irrational superstitious beliefs are a better basis for the achievement of human potential & society?
If there’s a choice between truth & error, as a basis for decision making, is one always better than the other?
I understand the struggle LDS members have in coming to terms with the awful realisation that they have been deceived & deluded for many years, maybe all or most of their lives.
The pain & shock LDS members go through as they approach the awful dilemma we are faced with as we come to realise the truth about the Church can be too much to bear for some.
For me it came down to one word: Authenticity.
Okay, maybe a few words:
Faith in a lie is a damnable false hope!
I personally don’t think belief in a fantasy is helpful in the long-run to an individual or a society when good explanations & understanding of objective reality is available as a better option.
I included this YouTube movie, to highlight the stark contrast between reality & fantasy.
Anyone who seriously & sincerely believes that any fantasy movie is actual reality would either be derided by their peers for being ridiculous.
Tragically, I now think the same way about my former beliefs as a Mormon.
Mormonism is just as valid a basis for living my life as any of those fantasy movies.