I'm the type of person that loves to be true and honest to myself as well as to people around me.
Pretending will only bring pain in the end. You'd look back and say to yourself, why did I waste all of the time that would have brought happy memories but instead it'd only be pain that'll be there.
Despite how the world is, it's better to be honest to yourself. Ask yourself if what you're doing makes you happy, if not; why then are you doing it?
We find that a lot of persons do stuffs or keep pretending because of what they'll gain at the moment.
There's a saying that goes "chop today, chop tomorrow. "
Why think of only the present happiness? What about the future?
Will you be satisfied in the future because of what you're doing now? Exploiting others, hurting others with your pretence...
And for what?
To what end?
Making people believe that you're with them when within, you know it's just to get what you want and when you're done, you just leave.
How do you even sleep when you know that all your smile with that person is all a lie...