"Once you learn to fake sincerity, the rest is easy" --- an old, cynical joke that contains an element of great truth. It speaks to many realms:
True (no quote-marks!) leaders, celebrities, and authorities do exist. They differ from their fake "kin" in that real ones are recognized by others, not annointed by themselves. Good leadership is chosen by its followers, based not on platitudes but on deeds, honesty, and mutual respect. Worthy celebrities shine by their modesty, charity, and the substance of their work. Genuine authorities are sought out for their advice --- which rarely comes neatly packaged as bumper sticker slogans. Honest counsel is framed with caveats and disclaimers. Real expertise, in all domains, recognizes its own limitations.
Monday, December 27, 1999 at 05:48:36 (EST) = Datetag19991227