Today I overheard someone say: “I don’t really like it when people are earnest.” Now whaddya suppose that means? When did earnestness become a quality folks couldn’t appreciate?
Or am I wrong? When I hear the word earnest, I tend to think ‘sincere.’ Can sincerity be a negative quality? Can someone be too sincere to the point they’re annoying? Okay, I’ll buy that. But this person was talking about earnestness in the general sense–they didn’t mean ‘sickeningly earnest’ and I’m certain I didn’t hear them say ‘I don’t like it when people are too earnest’ but even with that sort of qualifier, I don’t think I could agree. Not in the least.
So what kind of person doesn’t like people who are earnest? That’s what I want to know.