What is authenticity?
What is it to be truly yourself?
Food, and how food is changed over space and time, is one of the easier to track types of authenticity. Granted, a lot of people will have differing arguments for what is and is not authentic, but there is usually sufficient records that an enterprising person can find the threads between actual food eaten in China and Kung Pao Chicken - both are equally authentic, but spring from different wells. Authenticity becomes tricky depending on the viewer, though; someone with imperfect information but exaggerated power may rewrite over history - replacing white faces over rock & roll or hip hop, for example. This becomes even messier played out over the lives of actual people, where authenticity - accurate or not authenticity - may mean the difference between starvation and a paycheck.
Chasing authenticity, I'm driven by the thought that the root of the pursuit is insecurity. Given that, though, the path to security remains fraught. Authenticity is as much about what we measure ourselves against as anything else; in a vacuum all I'm left with are questions.
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