The point is — that being genuine is not enough, because if the person is not honest to oneself — they will simply play out their self-dishonesty and believe themselves to be genuine. Therefore it’s not about this point of being genuine or honest — to be perceived as some kind of virtue in itself, because it’s not and it can be used and abused to hide all kinds of actual self-interest, destructive motives of a person. And the person is self-dishonest to self about them, so he/she can be honest/genuine and it doesn’t matter at all, because they will act accordingly to what actually drives them and just live in denial of it.
What is an actual practical way to get to something of worth and value, and that can be seen as such in common sense is self-honesty. Because within practically applying a self-honest approach in everyday life, one is ‘trying’ and ‘pushing’ oneself to go ‘deeper’ into the actual origin points, as that what actually is driving us to do something, and to act within all kinds of situations, and react to/in them. Which is leading to actually getting to know/understand self, and through self-honesty we go ‘back’ to our origin of the actuality of who we are.
Note that what is also relevant here, is that self-honesty requires self-forgiveness. Because once I am self-honest with myself about something and I can actually see and understand what I’m doing, what I’ve become, what is driving me and how — it actually requires stopping self, within and as the expression of self-forgiveness, where one forgive self in actually, allowing self to ‘let go’ of something and change in actual practical living expression.