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Fake Sincerity and Hyper-Skepticism

If nobody ever stole people would not have to lock their doors.

But people steal, so people lock their doors.

If nobody ever lied, people would not have to doubt others’ sincerity.

But people lie, so you do have to doubt other’s sincerity.

If every time somebody said ‘I’m a sick person. I should never have done what I did! I will seek therapy.” they really meant that, then you would not have to doubt the sincerity of such statements.

But people say that as a strategy to blunt criticism and avoid consequences, so you do have doubt the sincerity of such statements.

Fake sincerity gets faker and faker and skepticism must get hyperer and hyperer to react to it in an arm’s race.

Would the world be a better place if people could just trust each other?

I suppose.  Better in some ways and worse in others.  Certainly less interesting.  But maybe less exhausting!

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3 thoughts on “Fake Sincerity and Hyper-Skepticism

  1. Perhaps there’s a matrice of resource sharing that has slowly been eroded over decades, even centuries. It’s hard to be as skeptical when someone has given you vegetables in the past. Kind of like gold used to back money, shared goods can back words.

    Now people live in boxes the only way to share resources is to buy other people things. And people are skeptical as to the sincerity of that. So people generally only buy for people they are already friends with.

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