Split Identities
Max Richter

Patterson’s ideals on authenticity versus sincerity make perfect sense, but I don’t necessarily agree with them. For me, authenticity and sincerity go hand in hand. One cannot be sincere without being authentic. In our society, people have a tendency to get angry at those who don’t have the same beliefs. To be sincere, civil, and accepting of all people is obviously the right thing to do, but it’s nearly impossible for a person react and respond to certain situations that they disagree with in a positive and proper manner. While Patterson’s belief on sincerity and authenticity might seem like it makes sense, it really cannot be realistically applied to everyday life.

With the current cycle of presidential candidates, sincerity over authenticity cannot even be considered in my opinion. Neither of the candidates are sincere about anything because they only want the majority vote. In my opinion, nothing that either of them say can be trusted or taken as sincere. On the issue of authenticity, Trump is very authentic, but lacks sincerity in accepting and showing respect to all people. However Hillary just screams insincerity. No matter who wins the presidential elections, I think it’s safe to say that the argument of sincerity over authenticity cannot be applied or considered because politicians are a special case when it comes to identity and self.