What is Earnestness?

To us, it’s the idea of really meaning what you say and do. But for more, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says this:

Function: adjective
1: Characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind
2: Grave, Important
Synonyms: See SERIOUS
earnestly adverb
earnestness noun

How can you tell when something is Earnest?

We’re not going to lie. Sometimes it can be really hard! Things can blur very quickly when you try to separate the Earnest from the Ironic.

A good starting point is to ask: “Is this Sincere?” (Earnest). Or how about, “Do I only like this because it’s stupid, low-fi, or retro?” (Ironic).

But, hey, maybe you have some tips on how to tell the difference? If so, please send them along! I’m sure we can figure this out together.

What is The Earnestness Movement?

It’s a group of people who like to be Sincere, and dislike Sarcasm, Cynicism and Irony… and all the negative vibes associated with those things.

How do I join?

There are three main ways you can get in on the Earnestness action.

1. Spread the message of Sincerity in everything you do– and get your friends to do it too!

2. Join our group on Facebook.

3. Send us a tip on how to be Earnest in a Cynical world. These tips can be photos, videos, or just a few words in an email! Other people have, and we showcased their tips on our Flickr gallery, on our Vimeo site, Facebook, Twitter… all sorts of places to spread the Earnestness.

Why do you capitalize Earnestness, Irony, Cynicism, etc?

Because we believe they are important, dangerous, and powerful enough to be considered proper nouns!

Have a question that’s not answered here? Let us know! Thanks!


One Response to “F.A.Q.”

  1. Samantha M. May 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I agree whole-heartedly with the Capitalization.

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