Philosophy

The Question of Authenticity

authentic [aw-then-tik] adjective…

(1)    Not false or copied; genuine; real
(2)    Having an origin supported by unquestionable evidence; verified
(3)    Representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified
(4)    Entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy (Source: Dictionary.com)
 
                Lately, I’m compelled by this word, authenticity. What does it really mean? Where can I find it? Who’s authentic? How’s it done? Most of all, when does it happen?


 
                When I think of authenticity, I imagine transparency, honesty, and something evident or apparent. A person who is authentic has a passion for what they do and compassion for who they are.
A great deal of this self-compassion is at the root of authenticity. It takes bravery, and a lot of hard work and persistence to endure the processes of self-discovery.
                 I’ve spent the last two decades of my life searching for purpose, exploring questions about life, and attempting to draw my own humble conclusions. Several times, I wanted to give up out of pure exhaustion, and many times it appeared that I did just that. But because of a choice and a decision to persevere, recovery was possible countless times over. I’ve gained valuable insight into how we may persist in journeys towards individual peace and freedom.
                 I’ll explain and explore this in future posts, but I would like to pose these questions: Have you experienced authenticity? If so, when and where? How did you feel? And if not, do you believe it’s possible to uncover this quality?
 

By Kim Bragado for The Authentic Thinker