Movie quote from: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) - Tom Ripley (Matt Damon)
When a person is faced with a sense of their own insignificance, as everyone is now and again, they have a choice. They can become more involved with life, bouncing themselves off a variety of human experiences until they discover a meaningful identity for themselves or they can pretend to be someone else. In the 1999 film, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Matt Damon's title character chooses the latter, assuming a variety of people-pleasing impersonations along the way. As always, the consequences of the false path don't reveal themselves in the short term. But they do come.
It is so much easier to pretend to be someone else than it is to be yourself. Being yourself requires that you proactively pursue a diversity of experiences that reveal your natural preferences and talents and develop your emerging interests and skills. To be someone else, you just have to lie and pretend. Although these are manipulative talents that will provide short-term pleasures, they entrench a pretender in a life that offers no long-term anything.
To be fair, it is wise in some circumstances to present an image bigger than reality. Job interviews and 'meeting the parents' are two examples that come to mind. There is nothing wrong with seeking to be 'good' in the eyes of others. However, some people never put down the script. Their imaginary existence deters from the creation of a real one. This leads pretenders to a hollow existence. Can you say 'midlife crisis'?
All people deserve a fulfilling life. All people can have it. It is achieved through continuous pursuit of an authentic identity-based existence. Rather than being real, Mr. Ripley used his talents to deceive others and ultimately himself, pursuing passing pleasures and pop culture images of the day. You want a great life? Don't be a "fake somebody." Be real.