Insincerity is difficult to pull off: it requires a lot of artfulness and attention. (See, e.g. David Foster Wallace’s description of someone “giving me the exact kind of smile of someone who, on Christmas morning, has just unwrapped an expensive present he already owns.”). Why not devote that energy to something else instead?
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
Notes and links¶
- Notes on Sincerity and such (David, LessWrong)
- See Aristotle on straightforwardness — he pairs it with amiability, which involves in part sincerely appreciating the strong points of those around us.
- One of Ben Franklin’s virtues
- “Use no hurtful deceit: think innocently and justly: and, if you speak, speak accordingly.” ―Benjamin Franklin