Why do we think ‘Sincere’ or ‘Sincerity’ is a good word?
We wish people were more sincere in their dealings with us and with life. We tag that word unto people who are nice, agreeable, delightful, humble and all the other positive attributes we think are lovely and we say ‘He’s such a sincere person! We excuse bad behaviour and lapses of judgment by saying ‘She sincerely didn’t mean for.. (insert unfortunate outcome) to happen.
Sincere is neither a good or bad word. It is merely neutral.
Being sincere does not equal truth or facts. Sincerity is just an earnestness of intention and conviction. It does not automatically mean the intentions are good or well thought out or that your beliefs are right.
You can be sincere and wrong. And you may not have clarity of intentions and do good or even have bad intentions and good come out of it. To be sincere, good and have the right beliefs is the holy grail of human character.
At least I sincerely think so…