And I love pretending.
But you should be careful about what you pretend to be, for that is what you will become.
Of course rather than being pretentious you could keep on reciting the conventional wisdom in a literal minded way.
I wonder why you bother. I mean almost everyone is conventionally wise and literal minded.
Still, I guess your lust to belong leaves your desire for freedom in the dust.
And lust in the dust pretends to be nothing it is not.
Indeed your cultural imperative is to distance yourself from the phony and embrace the sincere.
So your cultural imperative teaches you that the phony are pretentious and the sincere are unpretentious.
And all of us want to be good and be seen to be good, so naturally we want to be unpretentious and be seen to be unpretentious - to belong and to be seen to belong to your culture and its cultural imperatives.
And how natural, as it is the job of mothers to teach the cultural imperatives to their children so that they will come to belong.