March 17th, 2017

Group Reading

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.

~ Andre Gide

One- Authenticity is about imperfection. And authenticity is a very human quality.

All- To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections.

One- The greatest people are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses.

All- The greatest people are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know.

One- The greatest people can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them.

All- Great people don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.” ~ Simon Sinek

Quotes & Readings

Europeans are fine, while Americans are good. This, at least, would seem to be the opinion of Henry James, who knew

both civilizations from the inside and never ceased to compare them. Europe for James was the home of style, form,

evil, civility, enjoyment, corruption, surface, experience, artifice, and exploitation. America was the land of innocence,

substance, earnestness, integrity, barrenness, nature, monotony, and morality. The European self is diverse, fuzzy at

the edges, saturated in history and culture; the American self is raw, solid and unified, and lives in an eternal


One of the most striking paradoxes of the United States is that a nation of austere, industrious men and women gave

birth to a culture of liberal values and rampant hedonism. In the end, all that draining of swamps and hacking down of

forests resulted in one of the world’s great civilizations……..

Americans are the first to admit that there is always room for improvement. It is an honorable puritan doctrine. The good

news about the citizens of this kindly, violent, bigoted, generous-spirited nation is that if ever the planet is plunged into

nuclear war, they will be the first to crawl over the edge of the crater, dust themselves down, and proceed to build a new

world. The bad news is that they will probably have started the war.

.” ~ Terry Eagleton (selections from his article No Self-Mockery Please We’re American


Seed of Freedom

I would rather be known in life as an honest sinner, than a lying hypocrite.” ~ Unknown Say together: I value honesty and authenticity over pretence and deception.

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