There does seem something out of the ordinary, strange, about having thoughts and feelings, let alone mine. Allow me to say that my rarity makes me valuable.
So dark matter - which makes up 27% of the universe - is never happy (though it can be powerful, life destroying, whatever), but maybe only states in which I am thoroughly myself (at least given while I am alive I am no more or less alive than I would otherwise be) do justice to the rarity of my having life/existence. If I am authentic, then according to the dictionary I am genuine, not giving a false impression (of myself), either to myself or others I suppose (have I confused esse and percipi in my thinking there?).
In inauthenticity I am not fully myself, as if I were not born - and how unusual having been born is! Is that "as if" the best metaphor, better than e.g. 'happiness'?
And, either way, does that legitimate 'authenticity' at all or is the fact that I was born enough to not be concerned with ways of thinking that may make it appear I was not?
In light of the absurd improbability of any event occurring (that this exact coin was tossed, out of the presumably quadrillions of dollars that have ever existed), I would rather point out that what makes life noteworthy is not just having been born, but that I can die, which is a strangeness that matters (can't do much about having been born). In which case:
- is authenticity a good metaphor for being mortal?
Is there a better one?