There’s authenticity and then there’s fake façade. Celebrities are often encouraged to flaunt the latter and neglect the former. Writer Steve Salt ponders the difference as he reviews a favorite American poem, in which a baseball idol disappointed his fans and “the Mighty Casey struck out!” Salt writes:
“There actually was a real Casey. His name was Daniel M. Casey, a ballplayer in Philadelphia around the time ‘Casey at the Bat’ was published. In a game played against the New York Giants he really did strike out at a crucial moment. Casey, a more unpretentious man than the fictional character, was interviewed for a story in New York Times Magazine in May of 1935 where he shared his thoughts with the reporter about his failure being immortalized. ‘True, he had hit a home run in an earlier game, and the thousands present were hoping that he might repeat in this pinch, but actually his batting average was only around .200, and so they had no right to expect too much.’
More about authenticity from writer Salt:
” ‘Sincerity is more successful than genius or talent.’ This maxim, authored by Mary Baker Eddy, has always intrigued me. Genius and talent after all are the pillars of prosperous societies and the aspiration of many. Yet, by placing a premium on authenticity, we foster sustainable success and on-going accomplishment.
“Deeper focus on substantive character and less emphasis on false facades enriches life. The self-examination that comes through prayer, participation in a faith community, and introspective activities contributes to an enhanced sense of fulfillment and purpose which contribute to mental, emotional and physical well-being.”
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