esse quam videri
“To be rather than to seem to be “
The first time I became aware of this quote, I was watching an episode of The Colbert Report, one of my favorite shows! It is hilarious! News with a twist. Stephen Colbert delivers his newscast with political and social satire and sarcasm that I love. I find that Stephen makes me laugh and that means a lot! So I continue to watch (occasionally). I also sometimes watch, The Daily Show with John Stewart, which has a similar plot. I wonder if they are partners? Not in the homosexual sense, but rather, conceptually speaking.
At any rate, the phrase esse quam videri is etched on the fireplace mantle on the Colbert Report stage set. I googled it to understand the meaning, and I feel that it applies to me in depth. I definitely AM, rather than SEEM to be something I am not. I am a realist, and I try to employ a logical balance to the details I catch in my life. I have no intent to put on a facade for anyone. I have learned to love what I like, and that is the bottom line. I try not to allow someone else’s opinions and suggestions influence my decisions and behaviors, and this is one of the topics you may see me touch base on frequently, how a lot of people in society are “sheeple” and pretty much let the media tell them what to do. Fashion choices, cooking methods, reality shows…. from the most simple, to the most deep, there is influence all around us from multiple sources. I am an individual trying to wade through all the madness without losing who I am, yet respecting human diversity to it’s full extent.
In essence, be real, don’t be fake, is the meaning that should be drawn from the latin phrase.