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Journal Writing Project The importance of being Earnest

By Sam Stocker

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

“Earnest,” when used as an adjective, is defined as “resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.” A list of synonyms include “devout,” “sincere,” and “dedicated.” Antonyms include “frivolous” and “halfhearted.” It seems like a fairly good trait to have. In fact, I would list it right up there with honesty, respect, and integrity.

But why is it that true earnestness in people is so hard to come by? Doesn’t it seem like a fairly simple concept? Why is it that our race can invent and develop machines, technology, and weapons of mass destruction more easily than we can master concepts like honesty, sincerity, and loyalty? It seems like we have learned quite successfully how to destroy relationships and lives, but have we ever learned how to build them? If someone is a long-time friend for many years, are we willing to throw away that relationship after a few days, months, or trials? Do you have the sincerity/dedication/intense conviction that there will be a positive outcome?

Honestly, I cannot answer that question. I cannot say everyone will chose to embrace life with a honest and earnest passion. However, I will not say that people do not make this decision. God has created too much goodness in His world for me to condemn it. And with people being made in God’s image, I believe we have reason for a lot of hope.

So while it is guaranteed that you will meet people in this world who do not value these characteristics, and sometimes you may feel isolated, you are not alone. Call me the eternal optimist, but I do not believe that most people are mean-spirited or evil.

I guess what I am asking you, the reader, is this: are you willing to see the importance of being earnest? If so, are you willing to act on it? I know I have.

Sam Stocker is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

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