Authenticity refers to the quality of being genuine and true and of holding approved authority. The concept of authenticity touches upon three seminal dimensions of identity: the quality of being or possessing reality, the quality of expressing truth, and the quality of wielding valid authority. Authenticity provides a powerful influence on the interpretations and values we attribute to identities we encounter: from plants and animals of the natural world to other persons, institutions, or cultures and traditions. ...

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