As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m on call for possible jury duty this week. And so far, that’s as far as it’s gone, which is nice. A little passive-aggressive, but it could be worse.
I’m beginning to suspect that their request for my services is less than sincere. So I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. Because, as you know, insincerity is the one thing that’ll get you in trouble with The Great Pumpkin, as explained in this video clip:
But in that scene from It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Linus says his pumpkin patch is the most sincere. “You can look all around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
Which begs the question, is hypocrisy the opposite of sincerity? That didn’t ring right for me. I checked the thesaurus, and the antonyms of sincerity are dishonesty, insincerity, untrustworthiness.
But the antonyms of hypocrisy are forthrightness, honesty, righteousness, sincerity, truth. Viola!
I’m quite relieved. I can tell you – in all sincerity – that Peanuts was very important to me in childhood, and still is. Charlie Brown is something of an alter ego, so easily can I relate to his existential endeavors to persevere. And who doesn’t love Snoopy? So I’m glad to see this important social text vindicated.
… Yeah, I’m sincerely pulling your leg. Have a cartoon.