There’s something genuine in every fake

There must be.

If by ‘fakes’ we are to define imitations of reality with the conscious intention of dissimulating it, then from orgasms to art pieces it clearly follows that no matter its nature, any forgery attains a certain degree of authenticity the moment another regards it as such, the moment another considers it to be genuine.

 Because, ultimately, everything comes down to how just by interpreting a gesture or looking at a masterpiece, we can easily give a value of truth to it, much as we do when watching a film or reading, though definitely less aware of the role we play in it.

Indeed, our perception is able to add a sheen of veracity to the thing perceived at times so blinding a van Meegeren can be taken for a Vermeer and shouts of feigned rapture for moans stirred with sexual delight.

Which leads to us living in the fiction of our perception more often than not.

Little wonder, then, that the literary convention called ‘suspension of disbelief’ sometimes rests at the core of  life. It’s quite an important element for our relationship with the world not to end up inducing a constant state of anxiety or mistrust.

So of course we’d rather create for ourselves that something which is genuine in any fake.

Can’t you think of a time when your desire for illusion overshadowed reality?


Patricia Beykrat – the Roving Aesthete


8 responses to “There’s something genuine in every fake

      • I get that. The phrase ‘authentic fake’ is the very definition of an oxymoron. What is authentic about a forged work of art? All that is required by the forger is skillful imitation of an expression from someone else’s mind. I know there is a debate over appropriation as art. I don’t get the idea behind that either.
        Perhaps motivation is a factor in fakery. The most benign would be in the class of the fake orgasm; the more pernicious would be the life threatening fakes, such as counterfeit drugs – I think you would agree that there is nothing authentic about that.
        Thanks for your post.

      • Thank you for the comment but here I did not speak about fakes having some authenticity in themselves but merely in the perception of someone who isn’t aware of them not being genuine, whether orgasms or artworks, the difference isn’t that big. It’s all about how people project their truth in something inherently untruthful

  1. I understand your point. Con artists rely on their marks’ perceptions when perpetrating a fraud. There is always someone bound to appreciate a fake presented as real (i.e., a sexual partner or art collector), until the truth is unveiled.

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