Are you living an authentic life?

Fake is everywhere.

Come to think of it, if you can't afford a branded watch but wanted the prestige of owning one, you'd get a faux replica. Bags, shoes, jewelry, artworks, name it, we've probably faked it.

Fact is, at some point, we can't really tell anymore the real thing from from the fake ones. Cheap.

Bank employees, especially tellers, have been trained to feel, smell, and look at a real note or money bill. Bank tellers can tell because they have seen and experienced the real thing closely. So, I've been told.

Sadly though, in our case, we've been trained to conform to a culture of vain substitutes. We've unconsciously, and sometimes willingly, accepted "faux luxury" for too long that anything "authentic" has become a rare surprise. Isn't it ironic how we can easily tell a fake first and have a hard time identifying the real thing itself? Sometimes, we just don't really have any idea.

Too many things that can easily be faked. And what with fake relationships, fake faces, fake personalities, fake emotions, and even fake voices?

Are you living your "own" life, not someone else's? Can you honestly speak out with your own voice, not someone else's opinions? Are you actually "feeling", not just going through the motions? Do you really look the way you are from the inside, not just a look-alike of some famous celebrity's clone?

Are you living an authentic life? Sometimes, people can't tell. But then again...
"People don't eat the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference."  (from the movie: The American President)

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