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Monday, April 12, 2010

Be "Without Wax"

There's a popular etymology--almost certainly not true--for the word "sincere."

It's said that the Romans would find old Greek statues with cracks and flaws. They'd patch them with wax, paint them over (classical statuary was in fact painted) and sell them as flawless. One good, hot day would bring the wax running out, ruining the perfection.

So, they say, statues that were actually whole and flawless were sold as "without wax": sine cere in Latin.

Alas, as I mentioned, this explanation is bogus.

Nevertheless, I love the image, and so today's "secret" is this: Be "Without Wax." Do not gloss over your flaws. Fix them, or revel in them, but be sincere.

You'll be happier.

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