James Caroll to Richard Blumenthal — Who do you think you are?

“Who do you think you are?” is the rebuke one draws for ignoring the difference between actuality and pretense. In adolescents, whose business is self-discovery, pretense may be forgivable. In adults, it is disqualifying. Ironically, the shaming of deceivers is an affirmation, upholding not only the importance of truthful self-knowledge and self-presentation, but their perennial possibility.

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