So I have a fetish for knock off bags and the like. I will thoroughly inspect the good inside and out, and I am very picky about what I buy. Thing is, I have decided, and am convinced, that street vendors and other people selling knock offs are just outlet stores for these hoity toity designers.
But that isn't my dilemma.
I own some authentic goods, and I own some knock off goods. I'm about 99% sure that no one would know which was which without me blurting it out (which I do every time- I am very proud of my bargains.), but at the same time- what is worse? Paying sick amounts of money to carry the real thing, or pretending that what you are carrying is the real thing?
As I get older, I search for authenticity in a lot of places. In people, in their actions, in my faith- but mostly in myself. I am not a fan of the person that pretends to be one kind of person, but deep down they are a completely different soul. I like genuine people. I admire them. If you are a rude and miserable person, just throw it out there. I would rather deal with a jerk than deal with someone rude yet smiling. I can't handle fake. I wasn't raised like that, and my face doesn't react well to fake responses. I will completely look at you like you are insane. My apologies- it's like a reflex.
How do you handle people that are unauthentic? You can't pack them up and send them back to China like you can bags. I try to be a nice person, and although I am sporting a crinkled brow, I don't think I offend the offender. I have heard "kill them with kindness" but that doesn't satisfy me. I want to shake them and insist that they be real to me and to others. So to ask again, how do you respond to this?
Hopefully I will wake up to a genius response after a bad nights sleep of having nightmares filled with toddlers and airports.
And, by the way, this comes from no place in particular other than the fact that I just ordered a fake bag, and I have to say- it's darn nifty.