How To Fake Your Way Through Spinoza


Following the moderate success of my previous post on faking (“How To Fake Your Way Through Hegel“), I have decided to continue the series with an installment on Spinoza. Now, look here, faking your way through Hegel is a necessity of life (almost as essential as faking your way through Marx and Marxism, a topic too large to tackle at the moment), but faking your way through Spinoza is a choice. Which makes it so much easier, because no one would suspect that you are voluntarily faking an expertise in this mysterious excommunicated Jew.

Before we get into it, let me reassure you that faking is not what it used to be. Formerly associated with lying, cheating and superficiality, it is now a noble art of knowing without putting much effort into learning. There is not enough time in a day  to actually read books and learn facts. So what is the aspiring intellectual to do? Some (losers) spend days and nights with their books and their notes. Others (winners) fake it and get ahead. But here is the secret to good faking – everyone, lean forward excitedly! – the precondition to good faking is sincerity. Sincerity is the step-mother of truth. It might not get the facts right, but it wants to get them right and the effort counts more than the result. When you fake sincerely, you go to war with the brain you have, not the brain you wish you had. Instead of feeling bad about skipping pages in the assigned reading or browsing through indexes for topics that interest you, you do so because you are forced to do so by the ever-increasing pressure of success. You honestly and sincerely want not to fake, but are forced to fake. Got it? Full speed ahead to Spinoza then. Continue reading