Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Don't Fake It

I despise the saying, 'Fake it till you make it'.  And I have no respect for the people who say it.  Let's break it down.

The first two words, 'Fake it' mean that it's OK to lie about your skills, aptitude or talent.  That mean that the foundation is weak.  I think it is much wiser to actually acknowledge that you actually don't know something and ask questions to learn.  I'd hate for my Dentist to use these words on me.  And it would be truly be worrisome if that was her attitude on her first day of dental school!

'Till you make it', the second part of the saying implies that you can build something real and lasting on the lie of the foundation.  I'm pretty sure that if the foundation is weak, the structure on top will not stay up for very long!  And to use another analogy, when I board a ship, I want to be really confident that the people who assembled it weren't 'faking it'!

'Fake it till you make it' is one of those cliché's that play to ignorance.  We don't have to look far for examples...Provincial Politics in Ontario...and to see the damage faking it has wreaked on us.  

But the joke may be on us:  We follow fakers of all types and get caught up in emotional hysteria despite our rational inner voice screaming out, 'Stop!'  Look how we as individuals and as societies have behaved throughout the COVID pandemic.  

Let's call it for what it is:  A crude, cheap panacea to bulldoze the masses.

I'm NOT faking it till I make it...

Until next time...

Chris Morales, Toronto


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