What’s the difference between genuine and fake? Integrity in learning.

I was out in Dublin last night, searching for some good Irish folk music and a decent whiskey. I ended up in a pub that had neither. It had timber beams and smoke stained ceilings, a wooden bar and Guinness. It had three musicians, one with a banjo and one with a fiddle, and they were quite good. Playing Coldplay covers.

The fake beams covered the genuine air conditioning music. The fake barrels held ketchup and napkins for dinner and the smoke stains were painted on. It was entertaining, but fake.

Integrity comes from different places. It can come from history: from being authentic or genuine. A real piece of the rosetta stone would have totally different integrity and value from a plaster copy. Partly it comes from sincerity and ownership of the message. If i write a deliver a speech myself, something that i believe in with my whole heart, then it will likely come through as more genuine than something i am paying lip service to.

Things that are fake may look good, they may even sound good, but we can often see through the veneer.

Integrity can come from authenticity or from conviction. Integrity is probably more important than quality: it’s probably more effective to have a really poor quality youtube video of someone delivering a message with conviction than to have a highly scripted and professionally produced talking head of your sponsor. No amount of glitz and animation is going to make a fake seem genuine.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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